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.
Okapi is conducting a qualitative 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 is to develop a community-based, th
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
Okapi is collaborating with the Centre for Urbanization, Buildings and Environment (CUBE) at IIT Madras and Fields of View on a project that combines 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, is 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 is envisaged at two levels: Integr
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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