Thursday, July 6, 2017

14 July 2017: Book launch for "Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste"

Diane Coffey
Dean Spears
Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE)

Where India Goes is a new book about an old problem. The majority of rural Indians do not use a toilet or latrine. Open defecation kills thousands of children in India each year, stunts the physical and cognitive development of those who survive, and has consequences for everyone in India. With the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014, sanitation is not merely a human development emergency -- it is now also a policy priority. Yet, the history of sanitation policy proves that latrine construction is not enough to address the reasons why rural Indians reject the kind of affordable latrines provided by the government, and which have greatly reduced open defecation in other countries. Where India Goes challenges us to consider how health and human development can be advanced while social inequality remains so profound.

Date: July 14, 2017
Time: 07:20 P.M.

Juniper Room,
India Habitat Centre,
Lodi Road,
New Delhi – 110 003(INDIA)


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