At 3pm on Thursday, June 26th -- the day after tomorrow -- I will be making the first presentation of the findings from our new paper. The paper summarizes the survey results. One key finding is that open defecation...Read More..
Diane and Dean's op-ed in the Hindustan Times came out today: here is the link. D&D argue that Open defecation is killing children, stunting growth, and holding India back from a more developed future. We don’t need the government...Read More..
IndiaSpend, which does a lot of interesting stories, did a report toilets in India. It's view? Fixing India's sanitation problem requires more than just toilets. Check out the full story here....Read More..
Lawrence Haddad wrote a blogpost reporting the results of the SQUAT Survey! Check it out here! As Lawrence said, we will report more results from the survey soon, and are writing articles that talk more about the data! We did...Read More..
Clever title aside, Victoria Fan and Rifaiyat Mahbub of the Centre for Global Development discuss the overlaps between an older paper by Shroff et al and a more recent one by Arabinda Ghosh and r.i.c.e researchers, both explaining the differences...Read More..
Along with a description of the switching study as well. We promise more, including a new website for the Squat Survey (which is being created as I type), but for now, you can read the questionnaires of the switching and...Read More..
Julie McCarthy of National Public Radio covers the recent incident of sexual and caste violence in Badaun and open defecation. She rightly highlights the importance of shifting social norms in order to eliminate open defecation, and even uses some statistics...Read More..
In his inaugural address to India's Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee outlined the new government's agenda. Along with other things, he promised a Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission). This is exactly what he said: 15. We must not tolerate the...Read More..
Pritha Chatterjee has an amazing report in the Indian Express from the area in Uttar Pradesh where horrible violence on young girls was reported in the media recently. I do like it. We ourselves found many of these things in...Read More..
Rukmini S, who has written quite a few articles now on the importance of sanitation, reported the Squat Survey's findings in an op-ed in the Hindu. We are of course, really thankful to her, and request you to read her...Read More..
Jairam Ramesh, who in his short tenure as India's minister for Sanitation (and in his longer tenure as Rural Development Minister) did a lot to advance the cause of ending open defecation in India, has a new article about ending...Read More..
There is much that is tragic about this story: Rape Allegations in a Haryana Village Underscore a Social Fracas. The crime itself appears to have been profound; the subsequent blaming of the victims, familiar; the terrible consequences of the social...Read More..
Live Mint invokes a martial metaphor: Launching a war against malnutrition. What would such a war look like? Who would be the enemies? How would they be defeated? It is not an easy question. Wars are usually things that states...Read More..
Today, the switching study team finished its final qualitative interview! We have learned a lot about sanitation attitudes and behaviors -- from the banks of the Arabian Sea in Gujarat, to the foothills of the Himalayas in the Nepali terai....Read More..