Recent blog posts by Urvashi
Aug 12, 2013
Solving complex social issues requires more than great technology or iron proof theories of change. It requires that we operate in context.
Jul 25, 2013
The challenge of working with governments can seem knotty, especially in developing countries. Experience, however, has shown us that, by using the right tactics in the right combination, philanthropies can help catalyze government’s substantial (and often dormant) resources.
Jul 01, 2013
Water and sanitation in India's slums: What corporate best practices can teach the development community
In the mainstream corporate world, tactics like listening to your customers, understanding their behavior, and soliciting feedback are standard practice. In the development space, I’ve more than once heard statements like, “Of course a toilet is good for them. It will improve their health and productivity.”
May 30, 2013
It might be hard to imagine how something as fundamental as a toilet is not on the top of someone’s priority list. Or to understand why a patient stops taking his tuberculosis medication even though it’s free. But the reasons are simple: People living in extreme poverty face numerous challenges and conflicting priorities at every turn.
Dec 18, 2012
Children across India suffer needlessly from malnutrition. Evidence-based school health programs, administered well, are key to changing that situation. In the coming months, we look forward to progress on three clear fronts.
Oct 23, 2012
Careful planning now will help ensure state-by-state adoption of well-designed deworming programs. And if that happens, we may achieve a future in which intestinal worms and malnutrition are a rarity, not a baseline expectation, especially among the poor.
Oct 19, 2012
Rajasthan’s Deworming Program Targets 16M Kids – and Helps Blaze the Trail for Sustainable School Health Initiatives Nationwide
Deworming programs have been shown to be highly effective. With a long term commitment to the program, Rajasthan is likely to reap dual benefits from the program: Improved childhood health and elevated educational levels.
Jun 21, 2012
In the effort to promote universal access to sanitation, we can’t get distracted by the relative glamour of a technical design competition to reinvent the toilet. We also need an arsenal of non-technical strategies.
Jun 07, 2012
Given the complexities involved, is the effort to link microloans to water and sanitation work worth pursuing? The answer is an unequivocal yes.
May 27, 2012
How can families break out of extreme poverty? An innovative West Bengal pilot program provides valuable insights.