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  To continue the trajectory of chart month, I’d like to share some of the data that we collected in the SQUAT Survey on latrine ownership and usage among different religious groups. The SQUAT Survey teams randomly selected and interviewed...Read More..

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I recently picked up V.S. Naipaul’s book An Area of Darkness, a chronicle of his first trip to India published in 1964. Although some view the book as overly pessimistic and scathing, his portrayal of India’s culture of open defecation...Read More..

Just 12 days after the order to states to construct over 5 million toilets by the end of August, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation issued another order, addressing the need to “sensitize the rural population on sanitation,” by...Read More..

Today at 3pm, in a presentation called "Culture and the health transition: the case of sanitation in rural north India" Diane will be presenting findings from the Switching Study, a qualitative companion study to the SQUAT survey, at the IGC-ISI...Read More..

Bending the curve from business as usual

By Dean Spears, on July 18th, 2014
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I'm just writing to flag a useful recent blog post by Eddy Perez of WSP: How and Why Countries are Changing to Reach Universal Access in Rural Sanitation by 2030. Eddy's main examples are from other countries, but I think...Read More..

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The world must build more toilets to save lives. Today's #Dailychart looks at open defecation http://t.co/p11zMWJAoxpic.twitter.com/YUYqj5xDXK — The Economist (@TheEconomist) July 17, 2014   Aashish (@pakaupolicy) did some maps for rice. They were used by the economist for its daily...Read More..

The Economist wrote a rather brilliant article on sanitation in India, quoting a whole lot of rice research and the squat survey. It also used our map, but made it much nicer (see below). We thank them for writing this...Read More..

In light of the recent New York Times article highlighting r.i.c.e.’s research on the importance of sanitation for health, quite a few people have asked me how this can be considered an emerging issue. While it may seem obvious to...Read More..

Its still chart month on rice blog, and here are some new maps. When the results of the houselisting operations of the 2011 Indian census came out, most newspapers published articles comparing mobile and toilet ownership (here is a sample)....Read More..

r.i.c.e. is a non-profit economic and demographic research organization working in India, and concentrating on child health and early-life human development. Many new readers are finding us from Gardiner Harris’s New York Times article, Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict...Read More..

Gardiner Harris' article on sanitation for the New York Times featuring tonnes of rice research has received a tremendous response. Apart from having as many as 151 comments, it also features in the list of the most emailed and the...Read More..

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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition http://t.co/h7Qo9vrzGL — The New York Times (@nytimes) July 14, 2014 Btw, if you don't follow us on twitter, you should. Rice research covered by the New York Times: http://t.co/Oy2mwn9ckE— rice...Read More..

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[caption id="attachment_1650" align="aligncenter" width="599"] A word cloud of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan guidelines[/caption]   Continuing with our chart month, we post a word cloud of the programme implementation guidelines of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation's (MoDWS) Nirmal Bharat...Read More..

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Omprakash Valmiki on Open Defecation

By Aashish Gupta, on July 13th, 2014
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No one book has changed my thinking as much as Omprakash Valmiki's autobiography, Jhoothan (झूठन) did. Valmiki died late last year, and when he died, I was embarrassed to realise how wrong I used to be, and felt grateful to...Read More..

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Principles for a Swatchh Bharat Mission

By on July 12th, 2014

For ensuring hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the nation a “Swachh Bharat Mission” will be launched. This will be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary to be celebrated in the year 2019. – Address to...Read More..

Here is an interesting story from SQUAT survey in Jodhpur that I would like to share today. This story has some implications for the upcoming ambitious Swatchh Bharat Mission Plan of NDA government. “Purna Ram and Ram Deen (names changed)...Read More..

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