The first of Okapi's 3 main service areas maps out ecosystems to identify players, institutions, current policies and practices. The ecosystem audit is a powerful tool to help us identify institutional voids and start developing a strong foundation for frameworks to solutions.
The promise of renewable energy (RE) in reducing poverty and promoting new employment opportunities is often spoken of as one of the many benefits of renewable energy, alongside improving energy security, enhancing energy access, and mitigating climate change, among others, especially for countries such as India. A collaboration between Okapi Research & Advisory and World Resources Institute, the RE Growth: Broadening Poverty Reduction Impacts in India Report seeks to understand opportunities for poverty reduction through employment generation along the RE supply chain. Based on an analysi
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)
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.
This study maps and analyzes the ecosystem and emerging opportunities for social impact through entrepreneurship in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
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.
Clean energy innovation will play an important role in enabling India to secure much-needed energy access, economic growth and development while avoiding increasing air and climate-affecting emissions. This innovation must also be inclusive, in the sense not only of its fruits being made available to a wide range of individuals, households, and businesses; but also in the sense of it being shaped by and benefiting a wide range of suppliers including domestic small and medium enterprises. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a major resource to marshal toward technology and business mo
Okapi experts drafted background papers, case studies, and analysis of institutional design options for national, state, and urban transport governance in India. Our contribution to the Committee's report considered various aspects of governance, from strategic planning to public investment monitoring.
Background paper on institutional design options to enable more flexible PPP contracts that are better able to survive negative shocks and capture value from positive surprises.
Okapi undertook a system analysis of the infrastructure and business climate factors that contributed to the socio-economic impact of Chennai's 2015 flooding on micro, small, and medium enterprises. The project identified a number of short, medium, and long-term actions that policymakers, regulators, business associations, and individual firms could take to build greater resilience to future natural shocks. The project was supported by Mercy Corps International and we worked closely with Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the TANSTIA-FNF Service Centre to identify and interview firms.