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In the first of a four-part series, Amit and Diane discuss attitudes towards inter-caste marriage. Using data from a new r.i.c.e. survey called Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI), they find that nearly 50% of the non-Scheduled Caste respondents in Delhi and 70% in

In this article, Sangita discusses the slow progress of the SBM as it passes its two-year mark. A phone survey conducted by r.i.c.e. shows that there is shockingly little awareness that an important goal of the Swachh Bharat Mission is to eliminate

This article compares the latrine use figures from the NSSO's Swachhta Status Report to r.i.c.e.'s SQUAT Survey, and reports on the progress of the first two years of the SBM. The SQUAT Survey finds much higher rates of open defecation among

In this article, Sangita discusses the progress of the SBM. Two years in, ending open defecation is still a distant goal.

Economics professor at UC Santa Cruz, Nirvikar Singh, discusses how hard it can be to influence policy, taking sanitation as an example, in this article in Financial Express.

This article explores sanitation in Sindhudurg, identified as India's cleanest district in the NSSO's Swachhta Status Report, and discusses how the NSSO survey was operationalized. The article notes that the districts visited in this survey are not representative of rural India as

In her article Danielle Preiss of NPR discusses the pros and cons of a strategy that focuses on illiciting shame and disgust to motivate people to stop decating in the open.  She cites the SQUAT survey finding that many people

In this article about economic policy making, UC Santa Cruz professor Nirvikar Singh discusses r.i.c.e. researchers' work on sanitation policy as it is presented in the economic and policy blog, Ideas for India.

This article discusses high rates of anemia among pregnant women in India and links to sanitation.

Here is the link to Nikhil's new article for scroll. The article explains the link between open defecation and caste system in India with the help of some critical questions. Nikhil has comprehensively answered these questions to explain the link

This article discusses the very real threat that air pollution poses in smaller cities and rural areas. Unfortunately, air quality data for towns and rural areas is essentially non-existent in India, but our own measures of air quality outside of the capital suggest

Dean's review of the book 'Shock Waves' by Stephen Hallegatte and others of World Bank Open Knowledge Repository.  The review was published in Business Standard. Read here.

Dean's op-ed in Indian Express on climate change and the future challenges it poses for us. The article got published in December, and we missed sharing it here. Please read it here.

Nikhil’s article on poor public health facilities in Uttar Pradesh got published today in the Outlook magazine. This is the first part of a two-part piece which discusses the struggle of triplets against poor public health facilities, poverty and disease.

This article by Roshan Kishore cites Dean's paper on 'caste and life satisfaction' which recently got published in Economic and Political Weekly.  Dean's article shows  that life satisfaction levels increase with asset holdings and education levels, but caste-wise differences remain