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Morsel India Internship 1- Community toilet use in slums


May 10, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Project Objectives

Morsel India (https://morselindia.in/)

Morsel was established on 16th June 2007 and within a span of 11 years, we have surveyed approximately 20 million households in 26 Indian states. We have worked with researchers from very prestigious universities such as MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia University etc. Morsel has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative data collection. Our work has earned us a reputation in the field of evaluation relating to the social policies, social programmes, survey research and profound analysis of data.

MORSEL specializes in field research by providing quality data through primary and secondary data collection using modern technologies. We have a technologically proficient team of data managers to ensure data quality and security.

Project Opportunities

Project 1: Community toilet use in slums: willingness to pay and the role of informational and supply side constraints:

While urbanization can bring benefits for economic, cultural and societal development, a rapid pace of urbanization can create enormous challenges. However, cities in low and middle-income countries, in particular, are struggling to keep up with necessary infrastructure investment especially on the water, sanitation, and hygiene. It is generally accepted that public and community toilets (CTs) will, for the foreseeable future, continue to be an important solution to improve sanitary conditions in slums, given numerous constraints to increasing access to safely-managed private toilets. Even where CTs are available, open defecation remains common behavior among slum-dwellers. In India, CTs have been widely introduced in slums, but they are only used by 15% of slum-dwellers. This project partners with researchers from Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) in the UK and University of Navarra in Spain.

This study has three main objectives:
• to document slum dwellers' the willingness to pay (WTP) for community toilets and its link with usage;
• to identify the impact of releasing supply-side or both supply-side and informational constraints on WTP and usage;
• to determine the time horizon of such impacts (short-term, longer-term, or both).

To do so, researchers are implementing a cluster-randomized design in 110 slums in the cities of Lucknow and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, India. The Interns can be based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India and will work with the Managing Director of the Morsel and concerning researchers. Specific responsibilities include:

• Prepare communication materials including op-eds, articles, social media for use in state and national media
• Prepare presentations/handout for workshop and conference at state and national level.
• Assist to develop survey and/or study materials with the researchers.
• Assist to develop tech based monitoring model for different projects.
• Assist to develop survey and/or study materials with the researchers.

Project Deliverables:
• 5 to 10 number of op-eds, articles, social media articles.
• One evaluation form/Survey and analysis of results.

Project Application Process

A letter of interest and CV/resume needs to be submitted to Bhartendu Trivedi (bhartendu@morselindia.org) by March 6.

Project Selection Criteria

• Background in public policy or global health.

• Excellent writing and good communication skills.

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