r.i.c.e. in the news
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.