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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..

The rice team is busy preparing for the coming months of field research: surveyor training starts this weekend, and Aashish, Diane, and Sangita are talking through last weekend’s pilot qualitative interviews as I write. Yesterday, I presented work in progress...Read More..

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Check out the new photos of life in rural Sitapur posted on the photos tab! Many thanks to Aashish, who among many others things, takes wonderful pictures for rice! He rode around the villages near our house early one morning...Read More..

Variation in latrine usage

By Sangita Vyas, on November 6th, 2013

The rice team spent the past two weeks in Sitapur where we were piloting a questionnaire that we will be using for a survey of sanitation behavior. During one of our visits to a nearby village, we tried out our...Read More..

Recently, Dean and Diane were interviewed about stunting in India for the United Nations Development Program's Zero Hunger Challenge. Dean talked about how sanitation leads to stunting and Diane talked about how women's status impacts children's health in India. Check...Read More..

Could an improving disease environment – which allows people to retain, absorb, and use more of the calories they consume – reduce calorie needs, and explain some of the puzzle of the decline in average calorie consumption in India over...Read More..

Last week I went to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to present our research on sanitation and child height at the UNC Water and Health conference. While traveling, I replaced my old suitcase from Banswara, Rajasthan with a new one, in...Read More..

Just wanted to put up a link to the latest cover story of Outlook on sanitation in India. It is appropriately called "The Throneless." Also, accept our apologies for the lack of blog posts this week. The team is in...Read More..

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Happy sad morning news

By Aashish Gupta, on October 15th, 2013

I have several friends who have done fieldwork in Rajasthan's Churu district, and I was pleasantly surprised (and later disappointed) by this article on efforts to reduce open defecation in the district by Rukmini. The efforts seem to be paying...Read More..

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The Hindu published a hard-hitting op-ed three days ago in which Dr. Krishna Kumar, one of India's leading educationists, rues that "the impact of poverty on children’s life at school and learning is understood rather vaguely not just by educational...Read More..

That's what a new working paper, joint with Sneha Lamba, seems to suggest. Read the paper here: "Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Sanitation on Childhood Cognitive Skills: Evidence from India's Total Sanitation Campaign." Some of you may have seen an...Read More..

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Search For Investigators Click HERE to tell us you’re interested! research institute for compassionate economics Open defecation kills Indian children and stunts their growth. Since open defecation is so bad for people, why do almost more than half of Indian...Read More..

Today we have a guest post from our wonderful colleague/guide/interpreter in Bangladesh, Zubair Karim. Zubair, thanks so much for your perspective and for all of your help on the trip! It really would not have been nearly as successful without...Read More..

Where people want latrines

By Diane Coffey, on October 5th, 2013

There has been a lot about the trip to Bangladesh that has impressed me. One thing that stands out, though, is just how much people want latrines. Driving from Rajshahi to Dhaka, we stopped at a cluster of houses by...Read More..

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