To invest in sanitation or not? The role of gender differences in perceptions
Although sanitation is essential for health, many households remain without a toilet due to financial constraints. This article describes the extent to which perceptions of costs and benefits of sanit...
- Britta Augsburg Bansi Malde Harriet Olorenshaw Zaki Wahhaj
- 22 July, 2022
Is open defecation still prevalent in rural north India?
In an attempt to understand open defecation in four focus states in the aftermath of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Vyas and Gupta evaluate the findings of the NFHS-5. They note that the NFHS is likely to...
- Aashish Gupta Sangita Vyas
- 20 January, 2023
Assessing the extent and fiscal cost of teacher shortages in India
The New Education Policy has proposed that the one million teacher vacancies in public elementary schools be filled imperatively. Using 2019-20 District Information System for Education (u-DISE) data,...
- Sandip Datta Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
- 22 June, 2022
The precocious period: Impact of early menarche on schooling in India
In socio-cultural contexts onset of menstruation (menarche) adversely affects educational attainments of girls. This article shows that onset of menses before age 12 causes a 13% decrease in school en...
- Madhulika Khanna
- 04 December, 2019
Has the National Rural Health Mission improved utilisation of maternal healthcare services in Bihar?
Bihar is a socioeconomically backward state with a persistently poor record with respect to maternal and child health indicators. Based on data from the National Sample Surveys on healthcare, this art...
- Saswata Ghosh Zakir Husain
- 18 November, 2019
Banerjee and Duflo’s journey with Pratham
This year’s economics Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have worked closely with education NGO Pratham in India for more than 20 years. Over time, this unique partnership of research...
- Rukmini Banerji
- 13 November, 2019
Draft National Education Policy: Vision for out-of-school children
The draft National Education Policy released in May 2019 took a step forward by recommending an extension of the scope of the right to education act by including pre-primary and secondary education wi...
- Seema Rajput
- 11 November, 2019
What the Swachh Bharat Mission did not change
On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 5th anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Coffey and Spears discuss findings from a field survey about changes in open defecation in rura...
- Diane Coffey Dean Spears
- 02 October, 2019
Access to toilets and public safety of women
Launched on 2 October 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission aimed to increase the proportion of rural households with access to a toilet from 38.8% to 100% by 2019. In the run-up to Gandhi Jayanti and the 5th a...
- Kanika Mahajan Sheetal Sekhri
- 01 October, 2019
What will determine the costs of Prime Minister’s Jan Arogya Yojana?
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana was launched in 2018 with the aim of covering hospitalisation expenses of the vulnerable 40% of the population, to protect them against financial risk arising out ...
- Indrani Gupta Abhijit Roy
- 23 September, 2019
Is trade with India changing Africa’s healthcare landscape?
After China, India has become the second largest trading partner with sub-Saharan Africa. The southern and western regions of Africa – which have the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS wo...
- Siddharth Dixit Natalie Emery Chinmoy Kumar
- 20 September, 2019
Understanding school choices under RTE’s 25% mandate
Section 12(1)(c) of the Right To Education Act mandates non-minority status private schools to reserve at least 25% seats for the disadvantaged and weaker sections of the society. This article analyse...
- Ambrish Dongre Ankur Sarin Karan Singhal
- 16 September, 2019
Rural sanitation: A charter of demands
A government survey shows that 93% of rural households in India have access to a toilet and 96% of those having a toilet use them. However, critics point out contradictions between these data and micr...
- Liby Johnson
- 13 September, 2019
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Why do parents invest in girls’ education? Evidence from rural India
Adolescent girls in rural Rajasthan frequently leave education early and marry young. This article develops a novel methodology to elicit average parental preferences over a daughter's education and a...
- Abigail Adams Alison Andrew
- 07 August, 2019
Sustained health benefits of ICDS: Later life evidence
Child malnutrition is a serious concern for India where more than half of the children under age five are moderately or severely malnourished. The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) launched...
- Gaurav Dhamija Gitanjali Sen
- 26 July, 2019
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Hindu-Muslim fertility differentials in India: District-level estimates from Census 2011
The 2011 Indian Census data show a higher growth rate of Muslim population compared to the Hindu population. This article provides an in-depth picture of Hindu-Muslim fertility differentials at the di...
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Ten steps to transform the quality of education in India
In this article, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Educational Initiatives, suggests 10 initiatives that can help transform the quality of education in India.
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Understanding India’s mental health crisis
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