r.i.c.e. in the news
Sangita Vyas from r.i.c.e. writes about the policy priorities for the Swachch Bharat Mission. She stresses that India needs a latrine use revolution, led by the country’s top leadership and known to every rural Indian. She also talks about the
KumKum Dasgupta, Associate Editor with The Hindustan Times, quotes SQUAT Survey, Dean Spears and Diane Coffey in her ‘analysis’ piece for the paper. You can also read the full article here.
Bhupesh Bhandari, a columnist at Business Standard, writes about r.i.c.e.’s reasearch. In the article he talks about peoples aversion to using a latrine. He also shows evidence against the fallacy that there is a correlation between water availability and open
Dean Spears and Nikhil of r.i.c.e. wrote a full page in Hindi on sanitation using SQUAT findings. You can also read the article here.
Ajai Sreevatsan of The Hindu in his meticulous analysis of the profligate sanitation programs in India, uses SQUAT survey and argues that constructing toilets alone is not enough. He also talks about how huge funds for construction were not successful
In this opinion piece, Sangita Vyas uses SQUAT data to argue that most people can already afford life-saving latrines in rural India — and the government policy should focus on changing the attitudes and beliefs that prevent them from building
Aashish Gupta and Sangita Vyas of r.i.c.e. urge for a broader coalition of stakeholders to come together and increase their commitment to finding a solution to ending open defecation in India, similar to the concerted effort in Bangladesh to promote
In this 2014 article Pritha Chaterjee describes the common practice of repurposing latrines, and the attitudes that drive open defecation in rural Uttar Pradesh.
In this 2011 article, Shantanu Gupta writes about his observations of India’s sanitation policy on the ground in rural India, positing that its flaws may in part be due to a misunderstanding of social dynamics. He concludes that what is
Kundan Pandey explains research by Dean Spears, Arabinda Ghosh, and Oliver Cumming showing that a 10 percent increase in open defecation was associated with a 0.7 percent increase in both stunting and severe stunting.