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Nikhil's fantastic article, titled "Lack of toilets is not the only reason why people defecate in the open" was published in the popular youth e-magazine Youth Ki Awaz. In the article, Nikhil discusses the reasons many people use to justify...Read More..

The recent rape case of two minor girls in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh has called forth a need for toilet construction for women. Perhaps, there is an urgent need for toilets (for men as well as women) but more...Read More..

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Two new articles came out this week, both urging the government to focus on the right problem – the one of changing attitudes to eliminate open defecation in India. Using data from the SQUAT survey, Yamini Aiyer and Avani Kapur...Read More..

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Using the method described by Friedrich Huebler on his blog, and using estimates of the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation, and with advice from my friend Srini, I created an open defecation map of...Read More..

We already shared these on our facebook and twitter pages, but not on this blog, so here goes. Kundan Pandey of DownToEarth, India's very cool green magazine published a short report on the Squat Survey. Then YouthKiAwaaz (Voice of the...Read More..

Our new research paper and policy brief summarizing findings from the SQUAT survey are now up! Check out the SQUAT Report website at http://squatreport.in. It is clear that many people who live in households with latrines still defecate in the...Read More..

Dr. Dean Spears is presenting the findings of the Squat Survey at PHFI. We posted the event details in the post before this, but here is the webinar link. You can watch Dean live presenting this paper at PHFI....Read More..

  At 3pm on Thursday, June 26th -- the day after tomorrow -- I will be making the first presentation of the findings from our new paper. The paper summarizes the survey results. One key finding is that open defecation...Read More..

Diane and Dean's op-ed in the Hindustan Times came out today: here is the link.   D&D argue that Open defecation is killing children, stunting growth, and holding India back from a more developed future. We don’t need the government...Read More..

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IndiaSpend, which does a lot of interesting stories, did a report toilets in India. It's view? Fixing India's sanitation problem requires more than just toilets. Check out the full story here....Read More..

Lawrence Haddad wrote a blogpost reporting the results of the SQUAT Survey! Check it out here! As Lawrence said, we will report more results from the survey soon, and are writing articles that talk more about the data! We did...Read More..

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Clever title aside, Victoria Fan and Rifaiyat Mahbub of the Centre for Global Development discuss the overlaps between an older paper by Shroff et al and a more recent one by Arabinda Ghosh and r.i.c.e researchers, both explaining the differences...Read More..

Along with a description of the switching study as well. We promise more, including a new website for the Squat Survey (which is being created as I type), but for now, you can read the questionnaires of the switching and...Read More..

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two more!

By Aashish Gupta, on June 11th, 2014

Two more of our articles came out today. The first one, by Sangita, is titled Most rural Indians can afford a toilet but don't want one. The second one, by Diane and Dean, is called Can Modi’s next wave wash...Read More..

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Julie McCarthy of National Public Radio covers the recent incident of sexual and caste violence in Badaun and open defecation. She rightly highlights the importance of shifting social norms in order to eliminate open defecation, and even uses some statistics...Read More..

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In his inaugural address to India's Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee outlined the new government's agenda. Along with other things, he promised a Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission). This is exactly what he said: 15. We must not tolerate the...Read More..

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