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200th post, and 2 new articles

By on June 7th, 2014

Wordpress tells us that this is our 200th post on the r.i.c.e blog. We thank you, our readers, for being with us all this while. We wrote two new articles this past week. Actually, we wrote more, but only two...Read More..

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Jairam Ramesh, who in his short tenure as India's minister for Sanitation (and in his longer tenure as Rural Development Minister) did a lot to advance the cause of ending open defecation in India, has a new article about ending...Read More..

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There is much that is tragic about this story: Rape Allegations in a Haryana Village Underscore a Social Fracas. The crime itself appears to have been profound; the subsequent blaming of the victims, familiar; the terrible consequences of the social...Read More..

100 interviews!

By Diane Coffey, on May 25th, 2014

Today, the switching study team finished its final qualitative interview! We have learned a lot about sanitation attitudes and behaviors -- from the banks of the Arabian Sea in Gujarat, to the foothills of the Himalayas in the Nepali terai....Read More..

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In a new article in the business newspaper LiveMint, Sumit Mishra discusses the increasing recognition of the importance of sanitation in India. Mishra writes: The importance of sanitation can be gauged by looking at the manifestos of the two major...Read More..

Indian voters are often asked to vote for, among other things, lotuses, cycles, lanterns, elephants, watches, or hammers and sickles. Six decades ago, when a largely illiterate and unschooled country decided to embark on an experiment in political democracy, images...Read More..

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A couple of my friends sent me this. Its from the city of Mumbai....Read More..

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Different places in India are voting in national elections on different days. Diane and I wrote these thoughts about the election together. Today, India is preparing for an election which will shape the lives of more people than any election...Read More..

Sagar the horrible

By Dean Spears, on April 1st, 2014

In fact, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh – where I have been watching the surveyors ask about toilets – is not any more horrible than the other districts where we have done the survey, but I could not resist the pun. Yesterday,...Read More..

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Editor's Note: Nicholas Lawson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics, and is the newest member of the r.i.c.e. extended family. Nicholas is a labour economist who has been studying the effect of early life health and...Read More..

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In the coming days we will introduce a new blogger and member of the rice extended family: Nicholas Lawson of the Aix-Marseille School of Economics. Today, you should read his new post on the CLTS blog at IDS: "What's the...Read More..

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Today we have a blog post by Nidhi Khurana, our wonderful SQUAT survey team leader. She has been traveling around with our SQUAT team for the past 3.5 months, and she is finally sharing some of her experiences with you...Read More..

We talk about what we learned in Bangladesh, and what India can learn from Bangladesh. Check it out here. And here's a little spoiler, a nice infographic from the article.  ...Read More..

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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..

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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..

CLTS in rural north India

By Diane Coffey, on March 14th, 2014

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..

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