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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.

r.i.c.e.’s Dean Spears explores the unique politics of sanitation, and uses SQUAT data to argue that promotion and measurement of latrine use, rather than latrine construction, is the best way to make progress on ending open defecation.  A shorter version

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