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How effective has the Swachh Bharat Mission been? A new sanitation survey conducted by rice and Accountability Initiative in Bihar, MP, Rajasthan and UP has news that is both good and bad.  The study, released on January 9, 2019, presents a

One aspect of human well-being that has often been overlooked in survey research on low- and middle-income countries is the extent to which prejudice and discrimination diminish social welfare. This article  by researchers from rice and Jawaharlal Nehru University, discusses

Removing open defecation was one of the most touted goals of Swachh Bharat Mission. Lakhs of toilets have been built in India since 2014.  57% of households without a latrine in 2014 had one by 2018, according to a study

More Indians living in villages in Rajasthan, Bihar, MP and UP       owned a latrine in 2018 than four years ago, yet 44% of them still defecate in the open, according to a study published by rice and Accountability

This article highlights key points of the recent study of the impact of the Swachh Bharat Mission in rural parts of four states in India conducted by rice and the Accountability Initiative.  The study found that while open defecation has

In this article, author Swagata Yadavar, describes tactics used by government officials to coerce villagers to stop defecating in the open.  Information from the recent rice/AI working paper 'Changes in Open Defecation in Rural North India 2014-2018',  is cited.  Excerpts

How much discrimination do Dalits and Muslims face in their daily lives?  A new study by Payal Hathi of the Research Institute of Compassionate Economics, and others, uses mobile phoen survey data to find that a significant proportion of Dalit

Dean’s column summarizing Nordhaus’ Nobel-winning work was published in LiveMint and in Ideas for India.

In this article, author Niha Masih, describes the atrocities Dalits have suffered at the hands of the upper castes and the relief that the Scheduled Caste and Tribal Act (SC/ST Act) has provided.  The effectiveness of the Act is threatened

The Freedom From Hunger Project, conducted between 2015 and 2017, found that women and adolescent girls are most affected by food scarcity in India.  Not only do they eat less, but they also eat leftovers which lack the nutrients required

Mothers'  Absolute Affection, the nationwide programme to improve breastfeeding, attempts to achieve the same by incentivising frontline health workers to create awareness on the issue.  However, a pilot study shows that hiring breastfeeding consultants at the district hospital level is

In this comment, the author, Priyanka Pulla, describes the multiple difficulties involved when studying the impact of sanitation on stunting.  The author cites the views of Dean Spears, economist with rice and the University of Texas, concerning the reasons why

The belief that caste bigotry is lower in Indian cities is widely-held among Indians.  So is the belief that caste discrimination has been reduced since a law passed in 1955 made caste discrimination a crime. But a new survey, Social Attitudes

The Indian government has filed papers in the High Court in Delhi arguing against criminalizing marital rape and stating that doing so would destabilize the institution of marriage. The petitioners in the case have relied on a 2014 study conducted

The survey is based on interviews with 8,065 people in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in 2016.  Nearly two-thirds of of the population in rural Rajasthan and rural Uttar Pradesh still practice untouchability, a survey by Social Attitudes Research,

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