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The Swacch Bharat Mission Grameen recently launched an advertisement campaign video with Hindi movie stars Bhumi Pednekar and Akshay Kumar. In the video the actors educate viewers about how twin pit latrines work. The ad also teaches viewers how the...Read More..

Please go to livemint and see Nikhil and Aashish's op-ed on the struggles being faced by the new Swachh Bharat Mission. They compile a lot of data from the website of the Swachh Bharat Mission to present the case that the...Read More..

This week, FiveThirtyEight blog highlighted a newly-released working paper by Dean Spears and I. The paper, now posted as part of the National Bureau of Economic Research's working paper series, studies the infant mortality externalities of poor sanitation. The paper, "Neighborhood Sanitation...Read More..

Without saying much, I'll post the full interview here.  Its available online on the Business Standard website here. -- Rural India is a dismal outlier when it comes to open defecation and that's a major reason for its stunted, unhealthy...Read More..

Ajai Sreevatsan of The Hindu in his meticulous analysis of the profligate sanitation programs in India, uses SQUAT survey and argues that constructing toilet alone is not enough. He says “The Swachh Bharat mission would place overwhelming emphasis on constructing...Read More..

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Chaitanya Kalbag wrote a very interesting column in the Economic Times, the world’s second largest english business daily, on the day of the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission, quoting us quite a bit. We thank him! He said, [The] government pledged...Read More..

The India today’s cover story for this week is called “Dirty Nation”. Dean and Diane have a column for the cover story, called “To end open defecation, make Indians want to.” We reproduce the full text of the column. – Over...Read More..

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  Dean Spears, our executive director, was on NDTV yesterday to discuss research and policies on open defecation in India. Check out the full video here, which includes reporting from parts of rural India as well. Dean’s segment starts 13:55 minutes...Read More..

These days, we end up writing so many articles that we miss some of them on this blog. We are sorry. One such article was by Payal, written for the cool website scroll.in. The full text of the article is appended...Read More..

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If you have been looking for ideas on ending open defecation by 2019, look no further than the SQUAT Policy Brief No. 1. We have thought a lot about the ideas and action points in the policy brief, and believe that...Read More..

Check out Aashish and Payal’s article in today’s Indian Express, calling for a Sanitation Sena in India, and they made a very cool cartoon too! Sangita, Jeff Hammer, and Jayamala Subramaniam, rang in the Swacch Bharat Mission on India at 9 with Anubha...Read More..

The government has announced that the Swacch Bharat Mission is to be a mass movement to make India open defecation free in five years. By spending one lakh thirty four thousand crore rupees for the construction of about 11 crore 11 lakh...Read More..

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The Government has decided that all of its citizens and the government employees will take a ‘sanitation pledge’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this year. Though the biggest sanitation challenge faced by the country is its rampant open defecation, it...Read More..

This week I’m in Sitapur, and it’s nice to be back after a long time.   I learn so much here.  Today, I was having a conversation about rural sanitation with Baby, a woman who long-time readers of our blog will...Read More..

Today at 3pm, in a presentation called "Culture and the health transition: the case of sanitation in rural north India" Diane will be presenting findings from the Switching Study, a qualitative companion study to the SQUAT survey, at the IGC-ISI...Read More..

I'm just writing to flag a useful recent blog post by Eddy Perez of WSP: How and Why Countries are Changing to Reach Universal Access in Rural Sanitation by 2030. Eddy's main examples are from other countries, but I think...Read More..

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