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SQUAT dataset now available!

By Sangita Vyas, on November 6th, 2014

The full dataset from the SQUAT Survey is now available here! You will find the questionnaires and documentation files, also accessible at the same link as above, helpful if you decide to use the data. We invite you all to play around with the data and do...Read More..

NDTV’s award winning journalist, Sreenivasan Jain, on his much acclaimed programme Truth versus Hype, discussed the truth and the hype of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. You can see the video here. Nikhil took Sreenivasan Jain around villages of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous...Read More..

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Sagarika Ghosh’s Times of India blog post this week echoes some of r.i.c.e.’s research findings and addresses a very deep reason why India’s sanitation challenge continues to be so intractable: purity, pollution, and caste discrimination.  You can read the full...Read More..

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The true cost of sanitation

By Payal Hathi, on October 22nd, 2014

Written by Payal Hathi on October 22nd, 2014 In Rohini Nilekani’s recent LiveMint piece, she argues that before we “rush out to build toilets everywhere” it is important to understand both the costs of poor sanitation, and the complexities in overcoming the challenge....Read More..

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As Sangita posted a few days back, we had a great week at the UNC Health and Water Conference last week.  I’m posting our presentations and posters here, in case anyone wants to take a closer look at the research...Read More..

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IndiaSpend, the data journalism website, published an article by Payal. Here is the article. The full text of the article is also pasted below. – The Narendra Modi Government has announced that Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) has to be a mass movement to make...Read More..

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We just concluded a great week at the Water and Health Conference at UNC! Between the 4 of us attending, we had 6 verbal presentations and 6 poster presentations over the course of the week. We were so thrilled to...Read More..

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Payal was quoted in the Hindu!

By Aashish Gupta, on October 16th, 2014

The article, written by Rukmini S had the funny but tragic but true headline, Toilets on Paper. Here is the section which quotes Payal: The other thing that will change, the government says, is an emphasis on behavioural change. Over the last...Read More..

Mani Shankar Aiyer quotes us!

By Aashish Gupta, on October 8th, 2014

This is what he has to say! Had he a head for anything other than the trivial, Modi would not have been looking for film stars (and comprador Congressmen) as “brand ambassadors”, but summoning the hard working authors of the...Read More..

Atish Patel, while writing for the the Wall Street Journal’s India blog “India Real Time” just wrote an article covering rice research on sanitation. Here are some quotes from the article: The answer though, sanitation experts say, doesn’t lie only in building more...Read More..

The BBC just wrote an article featuring a lot of r.i.c.e. research. Check it outhere. Here are some quotes from the article: A staggering 70% of Indians living in villages – or some 550 million people – defecate in the open. Even...Read More..

We are presenting SQUAT and Switching Study results at the UNC Water and Health Conference. Many of our sanitation related posters are also a part of the poster presentations. If you are there, we would be happy to talk to...Read More..

Author, diplomat and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor recently wrote an NDTV blog on sanitation quoting liberally from r.i.c.e. research! Here’s what he says: As Health Minister Harshvardhan has pointed out, poor sanitation breeds infections and leads to major public health problems;...Read More..

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Chaitanya Kalbag wrote a very interesting column in the Economic Times, the world’s second largest english business daily, on the day of the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission, quoting us quite a bit. We thank him! He said, [The] government pledged...Read More..

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  Dean Spears, our executive director, was on NDTV yesterday to discuss research and policies on open defecation in India. Check out the full video here, which includes reporting from parts of rural India as well. Dean’s segment starts 13:55 minutes...Read More..

Check out Aashish and Payal’s article in today’s Indian Express, calling for a Sanitation Sena in India, and they made a very cool cartoon too! Sangita, Jeff Hammer, and Jayamala Subramaniam, rang in the Swacch Bharat Mission on India at 9 with Anubha...Read More..

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