Media Coverage
April 21, 2015
Research published in Science Magazine last week shows that providing subsidies for the construction of latrines in northwest Bangladesh was more effective than information and motivation programs. Putting the two together produced even better results.
Press Release
April 16, 2015
April 16, 2015, NEW HAVEN, CT – With poor sanitation estimated to cause 280,000 deaths per year worldwide, improving sanitation is a key policy goal in many developing countries. Yet governments and major development institutions disagree over how to address the problem. A new study released in Science today found that in Bangladesh, a community-motivation model that has been used in over 60 countries to increase use of hygienic latrines had no effect, yet latrine coverage expands substantially when that model is combined with subsidies for hygienic latrines targeted to the poor. 
March 23, 2015
By Konstantin Peric & Jake Kendall
Editors Note: Our partner, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has asked us to share this announcement with the financial inclusion community.
February 02, 2015
Editor’s note: This cross-post appeared originally on here.
Gharad Bryan, Shyamal Chowdhury, Mushfiq Mobarak
October 22, 2012
Editor’s note: Scott Guggenheim is a Social Policy Adviser at AusAID and participated in the Post-Conflict recovery panel at the Impact and Policy Conference held in Bangkok.
Dean Karlan
August 31, 2012
This blog was originally posted on the CGAP Microfinance Blog. Click here to see the full post.
Mushfiq Mobarak, Grant Miller, Puneet Dwivedi, Robert Bailis, Lynn Hildemann
July 26, 2012
Research by the World Health Organization tells us that indoor air pollution is the single largest risk factor for female mortality. Survey evidence in 2006 indicated that 98 percent of the rural population in Bangladesh cooked with traditional biomass-burning stoves, with women in these areas not perceiving indoor air pollution as a significant health hazard and consequently prioritizing other basic developmental needs.
Gharad Bryan, Shyamal Chowdhury, Mushfiq Mobarak
June 16, 2011

David McKenzie presents the results from a poll amongst young development economists, who were asked about what they view as the most under-researched area in development: