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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..

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..

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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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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..

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..

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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