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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..

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Getting the best bang for your buck

By Sangita Vyas, on January 30th, 2014

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..

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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..

Toilet tourism in Kenya

By Dean Spears, on January 25th, 2014

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..

My hang up

By Diane Coffey, on January 22nd, 2014
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Am in the car on the way back from our switching study village and I thought I'd make a quick post about how I've been feeling about the project. When we started the switching study – a qualitative research project...Read More..

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Sahelis

By Diane Coffey, on January 13th, 2014

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..

Real World: Rural Haryana

By Sangita Vyas, on December 26th, 2013

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..

Happy Holidays from rice

By Diane Coffey, on December 23rd, 2013
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Some of you may have already seen this by following the link on our holiday cards (thanks Allie for making our awesome holiday cards!), but I wanted to post this letter on our blog too! Thanks so much for all...Read More..

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Check out our response to The Hindu's editorial on India's sanitation problem. We were glad to see an editorial highlighting the real and enormous consequences of exceptionally widespread open defecation in India. We could not agree more that India urgently...Read More..

No shame in a simple pit latrine

By Diane Coffey, on December 11th, 2013

Yesterday was my last day with the team in Rewari, Haryana. Sangita, Nikhil, Nidhi and I had finished up collecting qualitative data to try to understand latrine adoption in the last 10 years. Thanks to our friendly respondents, many of...Read More..

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On Giving Tuesday

By Dean Spears, on December 3rd, 2013
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Apparently in the U.S. today is “Giving Tuesday” – last Thursday was Thanksgiving, Friday was Black Friday for shopping at stores, Monday has recently been claimed as Cyber Monday for shopping online, and bringing up the rear is Giving Tuesday,...Read More..

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Asking dirty questions in Bihar

By Dean Spears, on December 2nd, 2013

For the second morning running, I am pleased to report, Aashish’s and my team here in Darbhanga, Bihar has beat Sangita, Nikhil, and Diane’s team in Rewari, Haryana in getting out the door and surveying in the morning. To be...Read More..

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I haven’t been able to write much because we have been training surveyors and traveling. But in the evenings at our training center along the Sitapur-Lucknow highway, I’ve just finished reading Joshua Greene’s new book Moral Tribes. He outlines the...Read More..

And we’re off!

By Diane Coffey, on November 28th, 2013

Hello friends! Sorry for the long break from blogging. We’ve had a whirlwind past 10 days of training for the sanitation survey! We’ve been staying at the Sabhagi Shikshan Kendra’s (SSK) training center on the Sitapur-Lucknow road. In addition to...Read More..

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Happy World Toilet Day!

By Dean Spears, on November 19th, 2013
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Today, November 19th, is World Toilet Day! As the organizers of this special holiday proclaim, we can't wait to improve sanitation. We are honored that rice research is popping up in various places today as organizations explain just why World...Read More..

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