r.i.c.e. in the news
Ajai Sreevatsan of The Hindu in his meticulous analysis of the profligate sanitation programs in India, uses SQUAT survey and argues that constructing toilets alone is not enough. He also talks about how huge funds for construction were not successful
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
Aashish Gupta and Sangita Vyas of r.i.c.e. urge for a broader coalition of stakeholders to come together and increase their commitment to finding a solution to ending open defecation in India, similar to the concerted effort in Bangladesh to promote
In this 2014 article Pritha Chaterjee describes the common practice of repurposing latrines, and the attitudes that drive open defecation in rural Uttar Pradesh.
In this 2011 article, Shantanu Gupta writes about his observations of India’s sanitation policy on the ground in rural India, positing that its flaws may in part be due to a misunderstanding of social dynamics. He concludes that what is
Kundan Pandey explains research by Dean Spears, Arabinda Ghosh, and Oliver Cumming showing that a 10 percent increase in open defecation was associated with a 0.7 percent increase in both stunting and severe stunting.
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