Behaviour change/nudges

Author: Radhika Viswanathan

When Arghyam decided to work on behaviour change in sanitation in 2013, Davangere in Karnataka was the pilot district of choice. At that time, though open defecation was practised, a little over half of the households had toilets, patronized mainly by the women. Convenience and safety were cited as the prime motivators for toilet...

Author: Madhavi Purohit

With sanitation occupying centre stage, practically every day there is an article related to sanitation in mainstream media interspersed with announcements relating to government’s sanitation programme. 
 
The sanitation challenge has several facets – generating demand for better sanitation facilities, changing...

Author: Amrtha Kasturi Rangan

As you read this, more than 15,000 people in over 60 villages in Tamil Nadu will be doing something they would not have imagined 2 years back - using their private, bath-attached toilets. Brightly painted bath attached toilets meet brighter smiles when water storage structures and specially designed toilet seats for their infants accompany them...
Mahatma Gandhi called out for everyone to be his own scavenger in the early decades of the 20th century. Nearly 100 years later, 2014 saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi articulate his vision for a clean India, through the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.  
 
Somewhere in between, in the late 60’s, a sociologist from Bihar set out on a categorical mission – to eliminate the inhuman...

By Shobhana Radhakrishna

Collective cleanliness  
 
As I grew up in the Sewagram Ashram founded by Gandhiji in 1936, the picture that is etched in my mind is of our joyous participation in the collective cleaning drive in the Ashram. Oh, what joy it was for us children...

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