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Yamini Aiyar and Avani Kapur of Accountability Initiative wrote this eloquent oped in live mint. They question the seriousness of the government in fulfilling its target of making India open defecation free by 2019 and argue that the mission, instead

Amitangshu Acharya of Huffington Post and Nitya Jacob of WaterAid India use the Squat and Switching studies to discuss 5 toilet myths. They discuss households ownership patters of tolets versus individual usage patters, violence against women and toilets, manual scavenging,

A team from Hindustan, a leading Hindi newspaper, visited some villages, to assess the hype around Swachh Bharat Mission, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. They found that people in these villages, even after having a government latrine in their houses, were

Our associate director, Sangita Vyas wrote a column for the Indian Express, on the Swachh Bharat Mission. "Will the Swachh Bharat Mission end open defecation" is a question she tries to answer in the op-ed. Check out the op-ed here.

Our Executive Director, Dean Spears had lunch with the financial daily Business Standard. Dean answered a question which is often asked, 'why did r.i.c.e. choose to work in India?'. He also discussed the current state of Swachh Bharat Mission and

Garidner Harris, writing in the New York Times, discusses the threats posed by anti-biotic resistance to health and well-being of infants in India. It also discusses r.i.c.e.'s research on sanitation and the use of antibiotics in India.

Dean and Diane discuss heights and health of India's adivasis (STs) and Dalits (SCs) in an article for the Seminar magazine. See full article here. Content of the article: Height of the problem DIANE COFFEY and DEAN SPEARS CHILDREN in India are much shorter

The Swachh Bharat Mission includes plans for a large survey to monitor latrine use.  Rukmini S at the Hindu reports on recent evidence about the importance of asking a balanced question about each person's behavior. Read her article online. Survey

There is an active, ongoing debate on whether MNREGA should be retained in its current form.  Clément Imbert and John Papp explain research which suggests that MNREGA increased rural and urban wages and reduced seasonal rural-to-urban migration.  They argue that the effect of MNREGA

Nidhi Khurana, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health wrote a nice article in the live mint about the government's Swachh Bharat Mission. She also refers to the SQUAT survey findings in her article. You

NDTV’s award winning journalist, Sreenivasan Jain,  wrote a nice column discussing the truth and the hype of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. India’s proposed toilet revolution is all set to repeat mistakes of the past Enter Ramduari in Uttar Pradesh’s impoverished

Our research fellow, Aashish, discusses the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on Al Jazeera's TheStream. Other panelists on the debate were Meenakshi Lekhi @M_Lekhi National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party, Sonal Kalra @sonalkalra Columnist, Hindustan Times and Nityanand Jayaraman Environmental activist You can watch the

NDTV’s award winning journalist, Sreenivasan Jain, on his much acclaimed show Truth versus Hype, discussed the truth and the hype of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. You can see the video here. The show is fairly important. For the first time,

Rukmini S. of The Hindu published an article today about Aashish’s new study on under-reporting of violence against women in India. Husbands commit a majority of acts of sexual violence in India, and just one per cent of marital rapes and

In Rohini Nilekani’s recent LiveMint piece, she argues that before we “rush out to build toilets everywhere” it is important to understand both the costs of poor sanitation, and the complexities in overcoming the challenge. Ms. Nilekani quotes our work

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