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In this piece, Dean Spears, of r.i.c.e., makes the case that Indian children are not stunted compared to African children due to differences in genetic potential, but because widespread open defecation exposes them to the intestinal diseases that prevent them

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

In this opinion piece, Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, of r.i.c.e., use data from the SQUAT survey to argue that the new government should focus on motivating people to want to use latrines, rather than merely constructing them.

In this article, “The battle for toilets and minds,” Hindu reporter Rukmini S. shows that latrines are not a priority for many people in rural India, and reports on the SQUAT survey’s findings about open defecation among people with latrines

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

Dean Spears and Diane Coffey of r.i.c.e. advocate for a massive campaign to promote the message of latrine use, at the scale of Pulse Polio, in order to eliminate open defecation in India. See the full text of the article

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.

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