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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

Diane and Payal's op-ed in The Hindu talks about the need for implementing maternity entitlements for better maternal nutrition and health in India. Article here.

Rahul Jacob's opinion piece highlights r.i.c.e.'s research and calls on the government to convince people to use latrines rather than focusing on latrine building targets if the Swacch Bharat Mission is to have any impact on public health. Article here.  

In this article on stunting in India, Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, discusses r.i.c.e. research about maternal health and open defecation.

Sangita and Nikhil's op-ed in LiveMint talks about the need for better data on sanitation in India, and why the SBM is struggling to reduce open defecation.  This is the first of two articles that they wrote for LiveMint on

In the second article in their series on sanitation policy in LiveMint, Nikhil and Sangita talk about behavior change efforts under the SBM, and pose the question: Can the SBM be saved? Article here.

In this op-ed, Dean calls for monitoring latrine use under the Swacch Bharat Mission. See article here.

In this article, reprinted from CASI's India in Transition blog, Diane discusses the causes and consequences of poor maternal nutrition in India, and calls for implementation of existing laws entitling pregnant women to a cash transfer, and for national maternal

In this article, Diane discusses the causes and consequences of poor maternal nutrition in India, and calls for implementation of existing laws entitling pregnant women to a cash transfer, and for national maternal health monitoring. See article here.

This story from the Hindustan Times quotes r.i.c.e. research about why so many people in India defecate in the open. Article here.

In this article, Anumeha Yadav examines how the Swacch Bharat Mission has been going in Alwar, Rajasthan, and quotes Nikhil on why privately constructed latrines look different than the kinds of latrines the government promotes. Article here.

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