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Nikhil Srivastav

Research & Policy Manager

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Nikhil is a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Mass Communication. He joined r.i.c.e. in 2013, and is helping r.i.c.e in learning the behavior and thoughts of village people on sanitation. Prior to joining r.i.c.e. Nikhil worked with several other organizations and Institutions such as J-PAL South Asia, CMF, Digital Green, Columbia University, Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health (HDPFH), and the Harvard Kennedy School in their research efforts on community health (RCTs for increasing demand for immunization and iron, and capacity building of front line health workers), and on the improvement of service delivery and livelihood schemes in India.



“Mad rush for toilets under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan flouting citizens’ rights”, writes Kumkum Dasgupta from HT

By Nikhil Srivastav, on April 3rd, 2017

[caption id="attachment_29424" align="alignnone" width="474"] photo credit: Nikhil Srivastav[/caption] On October 2nd, 2014, the prime minister of India announced his ambitious target of ending open defecation in India by 2019. Now, two and half years after the prime minister made theRead More..


r.i.c.e. article in THE WIRE

By Nikhil Srivastav, on March 23rd, 2017

Swachh Bharat Mission since its inception has been facing a drought in terms of policy solutions. Given that 2019 is the target for achieving an open defecation free India, the program has already lived half of its life and yetRead More..


Things Swachh Bharat Mission can learn from Yoga Day

By Nikhil Srivastav, on June 23rd, 2015

India, on Sunday morning, set two new Guinness World Records –for the most individuals performing Yoga at a single venue, and individuals from the largest number of nationalities performing it simultaneously. The prime minister took everyone by surprise when afterRead More..


We don’t clean toilets!

By Nikhil Srivastav, on April 13th, 2015

Anil K. Rajvanshi, an Indian academic and the Director of an agricultural institute in Maharastra, recently wrote an article titled ‘The Un-Swachh Truth’ in the Huffington Post. The points which the author takes up in the article resonate with ourRead More..