Year - 2021

Welcome! As part of the Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure (UP-AGrI) project, we are helping our collaborators - IIHS, IITM and APU to conduct a survey on urban farming in India. The survey includes questions on your demographic information, location, farming/gardening practices, and perceptions of benefits from urban farming. All responses will be coded, so the information you provide will remain anonymous. Data from this research will be reported only in aggregate in the form of scientific reports (e.g., journal articles, maps, and policy notes).We kindly request you to

CLIENT - Azim Premji University

The December 2015 flood is a significant event in Chennai’s water history. Not only did this unprecedented event cause significant damage to life and property, bringing the city to a standstill for almost a week, it also put the spotlight on the need for better and more coordinated water management. The recognition of this need was amplified in the subsequent years when Chennai faced a succession of disasters namely, Cyclone Vardha in 2016 and severe drought thereafter until recently (2019), and is likely to become more critical with aggravated risks due to climate change. Indeed, Chenn

CLIENT - Azim Premji University

Okapi engaged in a mixed methods research study to understand the disaster vulnerability of Chennai’s homeless people.As Chennai strives to become more equitable and better prepared for future disasters, the city needs to accommodate the needs of the most marginalized group – i.e. the homeless – in its disaster mitigation and response plans. This is possible only by involving communities in the process of identifying vulnerabilities, planning for better access to resources, and co-developing disaster response plans. Therefore, the goal of this project was to develop a community-based, th

CLIENT - 100 Resilient Cities- The Rockefeller Foundation

Okapi is collaborated with Resilient Chennai and 100 Resilient Cities by Rockefeller Foundation, to develop Chennai's Resilient Strategy.In 2014, Chennai was selected as one of the second cohort of cities for the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program. Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, the 100RC program “…help(s) cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.”Chennai’s partnership with 100RC has led to the development of a ‘Resilience Strategy’ for the city. The strategy offers

CLIENT - Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board , Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company, Limited (Chola) , IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America (IITMAANA)

Okapi collaborated with the Centre for Urbanization, Buildings and Environment (CUBE) at IIT Madras and Fields of View on a project that combined sound technical research and participatory simulation modelling to develop strategies for integrated governance around land-use, waste and water.With an aim to foster more holistic and informed urban governance, this project, was an effort to develop an integrated platform for decision making and planning to bring all relevant stakeholders and interest groups together. The proposed model of integrated governance was envisaged at two levels: Integrat


The overall purpose of this study is to enable politically and scientifically informed debates for a new Food, Agriculture and Nutrition innovation policy framework in India. The project is supported under the new international research partnership on "Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia" (LANSA)

CLIENT - Commonwealth Forum of Local Governments

This report reviews the national context, policies and practical experiences of local governments’ role in local economic development activities across Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

CLIENT - Villgro Innovations Foundation

Futures research project carried out with the Villgro Innovations Foundation, the IIT Madras Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre, and Dhoopa Ventures. The report looks at emerging opportunities for social entrepreneurs to contribute to the quality, variety, and reach of health and wellness services for low-income Indian households.

CLIENT - World Bank Group

Okapi worked with The World Bank, Tata Trusts, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to design a hybrid inducement prize and incubator to promote the development of a low-emission user-friendly, rapidly deployable, biomass stove. While there are are many options for cooking, biomass remains an important fuel source across much of India and there is substantial room to use it in a cleaner, more efficient way.

Jessica Seddon at TEDxBonn: Metrics and Maya