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In light of India’s continuing efforts to reduce maternal mortality, why government hospitals continue to be dangerously unhygienic, posing serious infection risks to patients, is explored. Through interviews and observations at public hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh,...Read More..

Diane and Dean's book Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste has been named among the best non-fiction books the decade by The Hindu. Reviewing for The Hindu, Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta observes, "This is a...Read More..

For the past three years, r.i.c.e. has been collaborating with 3ie on supporting projects that are testing different strategies for promoting the use of simple pit latrines in rural India. Four teams, comprised of researchers and implementation agencies, came up...Read More..

Dean, Diane, Sangita and Nikhil feature in a video project by Chandrakant Agame at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, as part of his work as the Literature Secretary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Anniversary Committee. In this video celebrating the...Read More..

The India Forum- a Journal Magazine on Contemporary Issues published our article “ Coercion, Construction, and 'ODF Paper pe': Swachha Bharat According to Local Officials." This article is based on extensive qualitative interviews with government officials at the village and...Read More..

We are excited to announce that the data from our new survey on the status of rural sanitation and solid fuel use is publicly available now. The survey visited rural parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in...Read More..

Sangita’s article in Hindustan Times raises some pertinent questions about the ways in which the Swachh Bharat Mission has been implemented. She draws attention to the fact that the Mission’s success in getting latrines constructed and the subsequent decline in...Read More..

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[gallery size="large" ids="29960,29959,29957"]   r.i.c.e is delighted to share that the release of the new research study on "Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014-2018” was held at India Habitat Centre (IHC) on the 9th January 2018. The...Read More..

All of us at r.i.c.e. are excited to announce our new working paper, 'Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 - 2018'. The paper documents the extent of open defecation in rural areas of four north Indian states. It...Read More..

On World Toilet Day, the India Water Portal published two photo essays by Prof. Sharad Prasad and Prof Isha Ray. Prasad and Ray in their photo essays –Where there are no sewers: The Toilet Cleaners of Lucknow and When the pit fills up: A...Read More..

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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..

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In last few decades, India has seen a declining household per capita average calorie consumption. This throws a puzzle, as over the same time people in India have gotten richer. Dean and Josephine investigate how India’s improving disease environment can...Read More..

The Hindu recently compiled its list of top ten non-fiction books of 2017, and Dean and Diane's Where India Goes made the list!  They write: Coffey and Spears have come out with a deeply researched and thoughtfully written book about...Read More..

The hard-working folks at the Demographic and Health Surveys and the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai have the perfect new year gift for researchers in India: the new round of the India's DHS, also called NFHS - 4 (2015-16)....Read More..

On drones and defecation

r.i.c.e., on November 19th, 2017

Hat tip to r.i.c.e. board member Avinash Kishore for noticing this article in the Hindustan Times: "In Telangana’s Karimnagar, police deploy drone to stop open defecation." Two quotations from the article: "Ironically, almost all the houses in these colonies have...Read More..

You can read the whole review at this link.  Here is a quotation: "Researchers Diane Coffey and Dean Spears have written a book that is important, timely, and easy to read. It argues that caste is the biggest stumbling block...Read More..

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