A few days ago, Sangita asked an important question: What makes us think that not knowing the effect of x on y is what is holding back better policies? Do policy-makers even care? Is there any realistic mechanism whereby they...Read More..
Lant Pritchett wrote a blog for the Center for Global Development website last week on how development, including the decade-long RCT movement, is a faith-based activity. He says, "The delightfully quirky aspect of the success of the randomista movement is...Read More..
Have a look at our blog post on the Community Let Total Sanitation blog at the Institute for Development Studies, Sussex! It looks at two questions: How can CLTS inform sanitation policy in rural north India? What are the challenges...Read More..
Without much additional comment, I would like to invite you to read Wolf-Peter Schmidt's important recent essay: The elusive effect of water and sanitation on the global burden of disease, online for free at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tmi.12286/full Schmidt observes that sanitation randomized...Read More..
A few days ago I went with our SQUAT survey team to a village in Tonk, Rajasthan. While walking into the village, I saw a girl of around 8 walking out into the fields off the side of the road...Read More..
This post is a little deeper in the scientific details than r.i.c.e. readers may be used to, but I hope you will stick with us, because it is important. Evidence is building up that enteropathy may matter a great deal....Read More..
Last week I was with the survey team in Jodhpur. Jodhpur is one of 33 districts of Rajasthan state, and has a population of 3.7 million people in the 2011 census, almost exactly the same count as the 3.8 million...Read More..
This is the story of government sanitation funding in one of the villages that the “switching study” visited in Fatehpur district in the end of January. The village is large, even by Uttar Pradesh standards, and its population is diverse...Read More..
Next week's issue of EPW will include an article on what comparing children in Bangladesh with children in the neighboring Indian state of West Bengal can tell us about the determinants of child height. Written by Arabinda Ghosh, Aashish Gupta,...Read More..
Check out the Ideas for India blog post written by our colleague Jeff Hammer. Not only does he discuss some of the work that RICE has been doing linking sanitation to child height, he argues that investing in sanitation would...Read More..
Gardiner Harris has a recent series highlighting the terrible air pollution in Delhi and its effects on health. Although I'm no expert on air pollution, I'm not surprised to hear that it is about twice as bad as Beijing, with...Read More..
Greetings from Kenya! For most of the past week, I have not so much been in Kenya as I have been in a hotel in Kenya, meeting with other members of the international toilet diaspora at a convening organized by...Read More..
In Hindi, saheli, means “female friend,” and only girls can have sahelis. This post is about two sahelis, Farzana and Suman, who, despite spending years on either side of the same wall, have had very different experiences of motherhood. Farzana...Read More..
While I was hanging out with our team in Haryana, I realized that the day-to-day life of our survey resembles the MTV series The Real World an awful lot. Since a lot of people have been asking how this is...Read More..