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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.

 

Blog

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Check out our new research study on the persistence of soild fuel use despite increases in LPG ownership!

By Nazar Khalid, on April 11th, 2019

Exposure to air pollution has important consequences for public health. Several studies have held that a major source of air pollution exposure in rural India is the use of solid fuels, such as dung cakes and wood, for cooking andRead More..

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Coercion, Construction, and 'ODF Paper pe' : Swachha Bharat According to Local Officials published in The India Forum

By Nazar Khalid, on March 26th, 2019

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 andRead More..

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Survey of Rural Sanitation and Solid Fuel Use, 2018, is publicly available now!

By Nazar Khalid, on February 28th, 2019

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 inRead More..

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Nazar interviewed on DW News Asia!

By Diane Coffey, on February 25th, 2019

Nazar was recently interviewed about the Swacch Bharat Mission on DW News Asia.  It was great that he was able to publicize the results of the 2018 Survey of Rural Sanitation and Fuel Use on TV! Check out the newsRead More..

Research

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Persistence of solid fuel use despite increases in LPG ownership: New survey evidence from rural north India

By Aashish Gupta, on March 29th, 2019

Solid fuel use is an important contributor to air pollution and disease burden in India. We present survey evidence documenting LPG ownership and cooking fuel use in rural north India. LPG ownership has increased rapidly, substantially driven by the UjjwalaRead More..

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Implications of WASH Benefits trials for water and sanitation

By Dean Spears, on February 25th, 2019

This paper argues that while the results of the WASH Benefits trials are important for understanding sanitation intervention and similar programmes, they do not imply that child health would not be improved by a large transition from open defecation to latrineRead More..

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Coercion, construction, and ’ODF paper pe’: The Swachh Bharat Mission, according to local government officials

By Aashish Gupta, on February 25th, 2019

This article draws upon 156 qualitative interviews conducted with the village and block-level officials in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, as well as on new quantitative survey data, to answer these questions. It finds that local officials usedRead More..

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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..