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Louis Boorstin

Board Member

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Louis is senior advisor to the Osprey Foundation and a consultant on effective approaches to international development and impact investing.  Louis founded and led the water, sanitation and hygiene program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2005 to 2013.  Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, where he led the environmental finance team from 1997 to 2004.  Louis holds a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA from Stanford University.  He also sits on the board of Sanergy.




Notes from the Webinar on 'Gender and Mental Health in Bihar and India: Developing tools for effective measurement'

By Nazar Khalid, on July 27th, 2020

r.i.c.e, in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC), organised a webinar titled "Gender and Mental Health in Bihar and India: Developing tools for effective measurement".  The webinar covered recent research on mental health along various dimensions, including the measurement ofRead More..


Webinar on 'Gender and mental health in Bihar and India: Developing tools for effective measurement'

By Nazar Khalid, on June 24th, 2020

r.i.c.e is delighted to invite everyone for a webinar titled 'Gender and mental health in Bihar and India: Developing tools for effective measurement' The webinar is being organized in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC). Agenda: This webinar will shareRead More..


Check out Lovey's photo essay on Barriers to Clean Fuel Use published in EPW!

By Nazar Khalid, on June 20th, 2020

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna reportedly provided 80 million households in India with LPG connection by the end of 2019. However, recent studies have found that access to LPG cylinder hasn’t led to a proportionate increase in the LPG useRead More..


Accountability Initiative's and r.i.c.e.'s paper got published in EPW!

By admin, on May 29th, 2020

Since October 2014, the Government of India has worked towards the goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019 through the Swachh Bharat Mission. In June 2014, the results of a survey of rural sanitation behaviour in North India were first reported.Read More..



Gender, social disadvantage, and happiness: Women's emotion labor in Indian families

By Diane Coffey, on August 12th, 2020

This study documents and contextualizes a new puzzle about reported happiness among married women using data from India, a large developing country with severe gender discrimination. Gender inequality has been widely documented in India. For example, prior studies show thatRead More..


Mobile phone survey methods for measuring social discrimination!

By Payal Hathi, on June 15th, 2020

The Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI) project is among the first to study prejudice and discrimination in India using a low-cost mobile phone survey. We collect representative data on explicit prejudice and discrimination against women, Dalits, and Muslims. We also measure public attitudesRead More..


Explicit Prejudice: Evidence from a New Survey

By Diane Coffey, on June 15th, 2020

This paper uses data from the newly done phone survey by r.i.c.e. called Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI). It studies explicit prejudice against women and Dalits in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. We find high levels of explicit prejudiceRead More..


Experiences and Perceptions of Discrimination among Dalits and Muslims

By Payal Hathi, on June 14th, 2020

Through the use of new survey data, the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among Dalits and Muslims have been quantified. One important result is that many respondents report experiencing discrimination at school and in interactions with government officials. These resultsRead More..

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