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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.

 

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Reducing open defecation in rural India is an important human development goal, but at what cost? Read Sangita's piece in Hindustan Times

By Nazar Khalid, on February 3rd, 2019

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 inRead More..

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Dainik Bhaskar, a prominent Hindi newspaper, reports on our new research on changes in open defecation in India: 2014-2018.

By Nazar Khalid, on January 23rd, 2019

The Dainik Bhaskar (DB), a prominent Hindi language newspaper, published a comprehensive report on r.i.c.e and Accountability Initiative of Centre for Policy Research's (CPR) new research on changes in open defecation in India: 2014-2018. We were thrilled that the DBRead More..

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Release of r.i.c.e and Accountability Initiative's research study "Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014-2018."

By Nazar Khalid, on January 17th, 2019

[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. TheRead More..

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Working paper & Launch - 'Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 - 2018'

By Aashish Gupta, on January 7th, 2019

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. ItRead More..

Research

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Open defecation: Manual scavenging’s legacy in rural India

By Diane Coffey, on February 15th, 2019

Manual scavenging is caste-based work which has been handed down over generations, subjecting the same families and communities to deep humiliation, social exclusion, and poor health. This book chapter argues that same casteist attitudes that relegate Dalits to the filthy workRead More..

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Where Bharat Goes

By Diane Coffey, on February 15th, 2019

This book chapter discusses why rural Indians tend to reject affordable sanitation options, using which many poorer countries in the developing world have either completely eliminated or have successfully reduced open defecation. The practice of open defecation has negative externalitiesRead More..

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The association between neonatal death and facility birth in regions of India

By Diane Coffey, on February 15th, 2019

This paper assesses evidence for the hypothesis that facility births reduce NNM using new data from the National Family Health Survey, 2015-2016. It finds that for babies born outside of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, facility birth is robustly associated with neonatalRead More..

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Local social inequality, economic inequality, and disparities in child height in India

By Diane Coffey, on January 10th, 2019

This paper investigates disparities in child height — an important marker of population-level health — among population groups in rural India.  India is an informative context in which to study processes of health disparities because there is wide heterogeneity inRead More..