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Learning from Arghyam... and other partners like you?

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Our team is always telling me that I have to put more pictures in my blog posts. Unfortunately, in my quick trip to Bangalore last week to meet with Arghyam I didn't actually get to go see any rural latrines, so what we are stuck with is a picture of me presenting:

[caption id="attachment_914" align="aligncenter" width="300"] arghyamphoto 300x229 with Arghyam in Bangalore[/caption]

But the real purpose of this post is to thank my new friends in Arghyam for an interesting day where I learned about their new ideas for a Behavior Change Communication Program. We talked about how, whenever we see rural sanitation programs carefully evaluated, again and again we see only a small effect on reduced open defecation, maybe a few percentage points. This is hard for everybody, so testing creative solutions is necessary -- which is exactly what Arghyam is doing.

Maybe you work with an organization trying something new to make a big dent in rural open defecation? We would love to learn from you, too, and to work together to carefully measure the effects of your program. Be in touch!

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