Nikhil's new article in scroll is now online. The article explains the link between India's open defecation problem and manual scavenging. Nikhil has tried answering some of the critical questions that the problem of open defecation poses for us. Read...Read More..
We are delighted to announce that a grant window -- in partnership with 3ie and the WASH team at the Gates Foundation -- is now open for projects that can help us learn about how to promote the use of...Read More..
Check out a new book chapter authored by Aashish, Diane, and Dean, called "Purity, pollution, and untouchability: challenges affecting the adoption, use, and sustainability of sanitation programmes in rural India" in the book “Sustainable Sanitation for all: Experiences, challenges and innovations“,...Read More..
Thanks so much to Payal for sharing Nilanjana Sen's new article at Fair Observer about caste & sanitation in India. It talks about how India's history and continuing practice of untouchability makes the adoption of simple latrines a unique challenge. ...Read More..
Village sanitation and child health: Effects and external validity in a randomized field experiment in rural India|Jeffrey Hammer and Dean Spears
This paper by Jeffrey and Dean reports a cluster randomized controlled trial of a village sanitation intervention conducted in rural Maharashtra, designed to identify an effect of village sanitation on average child height. The paper got published on 20th April,...Read More..
- Topics: Sanitation
Waterlines recently published Dean, Diane and my paper on the relationship between social fragmentation in villages and the persistence of open defecation in India. We use quantitative data to show the correlation between perceptions of village conflict, both general and...Read More..
Dean gave an interview to Pragya Singh, reporter with Outlook Magazine. The interview is based on Dean's recently published commentary in Economic and Political Weekly 'Caste and Life Satisfaction in Rural North India'. Read the full interview here....Read More..
Do read Nikhil's article on poor public health services in Uttar Pradesh and the struggle of three newborns against neglect in public health facilities, poverty, and disease. This is the first part of a two-part piece. The second part will...Read More..
Neonatal mortality is the number of babies, per 1000 live births, that die in the first 28 days of life. Postneonatal mortality is the number of babies, per 1000 live births, that die between 29 days and a year. Infant mortality...Read More..
Using government data, policy brief by Accountability Initiative reports on trends for SBM Gramin along parameters such as allocations and expenditures, physical progress of toilets built, expenditures incurred under Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities. The report shows that construction...Read More..
This week, Dean came to Penn's Population Studies Center present his & Mike Geruso's "Neighourhood Sanitation and Infant Mortality" paper. I don't have a photo of Dean presenting, but I did click a photo of him, in the PSC lab, doing two...Read More..
The Global Health Frontiers series on sanitation talks about the effect of poor sanitation on physical and cognitive development of an individual. The film has featured an interview with our MD, Sangita Vyas and Research and Policy Manager, Nikhil Srivastav....Read More..
- Topics: Social inequalities
Dean's new paper on 'Caste and Life Satisfaction' got published in Economic and Political Weekly this week. The paper shows one of the evidence on relevance of caste in North India. Dean has used SQUAT data to show relationship of...Read More..
Rahul Jacob wrote a piece today in the Business Standard, highlighting r.i.c.e.’s research and calling on the government to convince people to use latrines if the SBM is to have any impact on public health, rather than simply meeting latrine...Read More..
Two pieces of news today. First, a new paper in PNAS by Francis Dennig, Mark Budolfson, Marc Fleurbaey, Asher Siebert, and Robert H. Socolow: Inequality, climate impacts on the future poor, and carbon prices. It is available for free at...Read More..