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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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Nikhil's book review of `The Right to Sanitation in India: Critical Perspectives' in the EPW

By Aashish Gupta, on March 6th, 2020

Don't miss a review of `The right to sanitation in India: Critical perspectives', edited by Philippe Cullet, Sujith Koonan, and Lovleen Bhullar, in this week's Economic and Political Weekly. The review is available online here.Read More..

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EPW published r.i.c.e. paper on fuel use in rural north India!

By admin, on January 19th, 2020

Survey evidence from rural North India showing persistent solid fuel use despite increases in liquefied petroleum gas ownership is presented. Although three-quarters of survey households in these states had LPG, almost all also had a stove that uses solid fuels.Read More..

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Where India Goes named among best non-fiction books of the decade by The Hindu

By Nazar Khalid, on January 2nd, 2020

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 aRead More..

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Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: evidence from a randomized survey experiment published in BMJ Open

By Nazar Khalid, on October 10th, 2019

BMJ Open published "Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: evidence from a randomized survey experiment"  co-authored by  Sangita, Nikhil, Dean and Diane (with Divya Mary, Neeta Goel, Sujatha Srinivasan, Ajaykumar Tannirkulam and Radu Ban). Reducing open defecation inRead More..

Research

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Persistence of solid fuel use in rural north India (published paper)

By Aashish Gupta, on January 19th, 2020

Survey evidence from rural North India showing persistent solid fuel use despite increases in liquefied petroleum gas ownership is presented. Although three-quarters of survey households in these states had LPG, almost all also had a stove that uses solid fuels.Read More..

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Assessing public awareness and use of medical abortion via mobile phone survey in India

By Payal Hathi, on November 12th, 2019

Objective: We assess the feasibility of measuring awareness and use of medical abortion via a mobile phone survey on social attitudes in India. Study design: In 2018, we conducted a mobile phone survey with 3455 married men and women inRead More..

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Measuring open defecation in India using survey questions: Evidence from a randomized survey experiment

By Sangita Vyas, on September 28th, 2019

Objectives: To investigate differences in reported open defecation between a question about latrine use or open defecation for every household member and a household-level question. Setting: Rural India is home to most of the world’s open defecation. India’s Demographic andRead More..

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Where there is smoke: Solid fuel externalities, gender, and adult respiratory health in India

By Aashish Gupta, on August 20th, 2019

Chronic respiratory conditions are a leading cause of death in the world. Using data on lung obstruction from the WHO Survey of Global AGEing and Adult Health (WHO-SAGE 2007-08), this paper studies the determinants of respiratory health in India, homeRead More..