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Eighty-five percent of Ujjwala beneficiaries are still using chulhas according to a survey by r.i.c.e.   The survey shows that most rural households that received LPG connections still tend to use the chulhas because they do not have the financial capacity to

The widespread use of solid fuels such as wood and dung for cooking pollutes households and adds to India’s disease burden. To tackle this, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched in May 2016 to promote clean cooking by providing poor women

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) is being touted in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election campaigning as one of the big successes of the incumbent government.  The hidden truth is that most rural households with LPG (liquiefied petroleum gas)

This article highlights excerpts from  a recent paper “Open defecation: Manual scavenging’s legacy in rural India” by Payal Hathi and Diane Coffey of rice.  The paper is based on the results of a mobile phone survey, called Social Attitudes Research, India

Children in India are among the shortest in the world. This article, by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, uses the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) data to examine the complexity and diversity of child height in the country. It finds that India's

The latest data from the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) portal suggests that 27 out of India’s 36 states and Union territories are now open defecation free (ODF) with 98.6% of Indian households having access to toilets.  While toilets are an

Key findings of the study by rice and Accountability Initiative,  "Changes in Open Defecation in Rural North India:  2014 to 2018," are summarized in this article by Rajiv Shah.  Read More...

This article highlights some of the key findings from the study, "Changes in Open Defecation in Rural North India:   2014 to 2018", conducted by rice and Accountability Initiative.  Read More...

In this article, author Santosh Mehrotra, human development economist and professor at JNU, raises questions about government claims of success in ending the practice of open defecation in rural areas of India through the SBM.  Data from the recent survey

It is true that the reduction in open defecation in rural India has accelerated under the SBM. The recent study by rice and Accountability Initiative of the effectiveness of the four year old programme, shows that the tactics employed by

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

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