The Blueprint is where we develop a framework for solutions. This typically involves in-depth research, analysis and interviews to find the best possible solutions to solve for the institutional voids we have identified.

CLIENT - Institute of Water Management (IWMI)

With the increasing focus on decentralized and non-sewer options for the provision of sustainable sanitation infrastructure and services it has become imperative to address all components of the sanitation service chain, in particular decentralized systems, to design and implement sound business models with a robust financing and cost recovery plan. The Institute of Water Management (IWMI) hired Okapi on a short term assignment for its sustainable urban sanitation program to develop a robust, flexible and scaleable financial model within the scope of the Public-Private-Partnership arch

CLIENT - Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board , Tata Trusts , Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company, Limited (Chola)

Okapi is collaborating with the Centre for Urbanization, Buildings and Environment (CUBE) at IIT Madras and with Fields of View on an 18-month project that combines sound technical research and participatory simulation modeling to develop strategies for integrated governance. The project purpose is to demonstrate how a more coordinated and collaborative process of decision-making can be designed to better deal with the intersecting challenges of urban development, water and waste management in Metropolitan Chennai. Lessons learnt will offer a strategic blueprint for Chennai and other cities ac


Writing a case study on contract design for solid waste management concessions in Chennai. The report focuses closely on strategies for specifying, monitoring, and rewarding performance in order to ensure service quality as well as compliance with environmental norms in a sustainable partnership. 

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.

CLIENT - UC San Diego

Okapi experts worked with an interdisciplinary group of researchers and policymakers from The Energy And Resources Institute (Delhi), California Air Resources Board, University of California, San Diego, and various state governments in India to develop an action plan for reducing transport-related air pollution. Okapi's contribution focused on institutional design for implementing the recommended policy and governance measures.

CLIENT - Shell India Markets Pvt. Ltd.

Okapi was engaged by Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd. to identify ways to support a sustainable energy transition as India urbanizes. After comprehensive research and stakeholder interaction, a small set of initiatives were identified that could catalyze policy, private sector and community efforts toward adoption of lower emission, more efficient, energy sources and use technologies. Air Insight is one of the initiatives. Public awareness about the hazards of air pollution is on the rise, as is willingness to pay for mitigation and avoidance. Political will to act to reduce emissions is also incr

CLIENT - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

India has ambitious targets for providing electrification to all its villages by May 2018 and 24x7 power to all households by March 2019. Part of this goal will be achieved by expansion of the national grid, as well as the amount of power that flows through it. But it will also require an expansion of off-grid electricity provided by private energy service companies (ESCOs). These companies, often small and medium enterprises operating in rural areas with unreliable or no grid electricity, provide a range of services from generation and distribution to user services and maintenance through mi

CLIENT - International Growth Centre (IGC)

This project will explore policy and implementation strategies for reducing the livelihoods disruptions associated with resettlement. It will use a combination of surveys and focus group discussions to a) understand employment and entrepreneurship trajectories among households moved from central Chennai to resettlement sites on the periphery of the metropolitan areas; b) identify the specific challenges and potential opportunities that geographic relocation create; and c) develop a better understanding of the actual and potential effectiveness of strategies to minimize the disruption to liveli

CLIENT - Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Okapi worked with TERI and the Shakthi Sustainable Energy Foundation to analyse the institutional framework for vehicle emissions testing at the national and state level in India. We developed a variety of institutional design upgrades to strengthen the in-use inspection and maintenance regime.