r.i.c.e. in the news
In this news piece, reporter Rukmini S. describes a recent study by Dean Spears, Arabinda Ghosh, and Oliver Cumming which finds that open defecation is a strong predictor of child stunting, shining light on sanitation’s role in undernutrition.
In this article, Dean Spears of r.i.c.e. argues that exposure to open defecation can largely explain why Indian children are so much shorter than African children, despite being richer, on average. The threat of open defecation is particularly pernicious in
In this piece, Dean Spears, of r.i.c.e., shows that ending open defecation makes economic sense.
In this opinion piece, Nikhil Srivastav of r.i.c.e. uses SQUAT data as well as additional qualitative data to explore why many people in rural north India choose to not use a latrine. He urges youth in India to get involved
In this article, the r.i.c.e. team discusses the SQUAT survey’s findings about latrine use and gender. It argues that rather than focusing on the idea of building the latrines for women, the media and the government should promote the idea
In this opinion piece, Sangita Vyas uses SQUAT data to argue that most people can already afford life-saving latrines in rural India — and the government policy should focus on changing the attitudes and beliefs that prevent them from building
Using data from the SQUAT survey, Yamini Aiyar and Avani Kapur of the Accountability Initiative push the new Indian government to focus on behavior change and motivating toilet use, rather than merely increasing construction. They explore some of the steps
In exploring the health and economic impacts of open defecation in India, The Economist uses SQUAT data to show why construction alone will not be sufficient to encourage latrine use. The article also uses SQUAT’s companion qualitative study to argue
In this news piece, Gardiner Harris of the New York Times uses SQUAT data, as well as other r.i.c.e. research to describe the sanitation crisis in India, its links with malnutrition and child health, and the importance of focusing on
Bloomberg’s Karthikay Mehrortra reports from Rural Uttar Pradesh on open defecation. He finds that villages do not like toilets, and prefer to go defecate in the open. The article builds on the SQUAT Survey, comments from researchers from the Accountability
r.i.c.e.’s Diane Coffey discusses recent qualitative and quantitative research on culture and open defecation in India, using switching and SQUAT survey data. A shorter version was published by LiveMint here.