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 - 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

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 - 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 - 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.