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A great new article by Rukmini

Diane Coffey, on September 19th, 2013

Rukmini S., of the Hindu, has just published a very insightful new article, accompanied by this photo, about life at the top of the Indian income distribution. She explains that even the wealthiest people in India are shorter than they...Read More..


Check out this new paper by Oliver, Dean and Arabinda in PLOS One, based on new data on stunting from the recent Hungama Survey, and sanitation data from the Indian census. The Hindu reported the findings of the paper, too....Read More..

I just posted a preliminary draft of a new working paper that suggests that open defecation is an important cause of anemia, a disease which affects large numbers of children in India, causing cognitive and developmental delays. In case you...Read More..

Check out this link to a discussion of rice's work on sanitation, stunting, and the height conference in TIME magazine. You can also click on TIME's picture reprinted here for a link to the story.      ...Read More..


Check out this amazing map from the Data Stories blog. It shows toilet coverage by tehsil in 2001 and 2011, from Census data....Read More..

Last night Diane and I went walking in Green Park, an upscale neighborhood in south Delhi. In addition to Deer Park, its main market boasts fine dining at Evergreen, A2B, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, Domino’s, and other restaurants intermingled with...Read More..


Everybody interested in the determinants of population average heights should read this new paper by Timothy Hatton, available here: The message remains clear: population heights are not fixed, immutable essences but reflect environmental, nutritional, and early-life health conditions. When...Read More..


Here at rice we have a big focus on sanitation and the problems that it causes for kids’ health, but we are often reminded that lots of things are going wrong for infant and child growth in India. One of...Read More..


Read "From outlays to outcomes: Understanding the Status of Rural Sanitation Data" here. The new study explores whether the governance and financing structure of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) enables a more outcomes-focused approach to sanitation. The short answer is...Read More..

Check out this article from the Hindu on height in India. rice research is cited throughout. Here is the cute picture that they published alongside it!    ...Read More..


Delhi’s Sewage Spillovers

r.i.c.e., on August 27th, 2013
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We have already talked in depth on this blog about how open defecation is worse for health in more populated areas. Because the fecal germs of one person can make anyone sick, the health effects related to open defecation are...Read More..

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,...Read More..


Aashish just had a paper published in EPW on the Old-Age Pension Scheme in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Take a look!...Read More..


Today's blog post is a double-header. First up is a video sent to me by Michael Geruso, a health economics professor at UT Austin and a member of rice's board of directors. It was made by the Rockefeller Foundation around...Read More..



Sangita Vyas, on August 21st, 2013

Sanitation policy in India has historically focused on the hardware aspect – providing subsidies to build latrines. But as we know, many of the latrines constructed remain unused. Of course the quality of construction of many of these toilets is...Read More..


I just wanted to call your attention to this neat undergrad thesis by Ayodele Oti of the City College of New York on sanitation programs. It is well researched and well written. The big take away for me is just...Read More..

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