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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.

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