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Submitted by Shanta on

Yayaver: Your example of Ganjam district illustrates the problem of neglecting the externality associated with open defecation. If the government gives the latrine to individual households, their incentive to use them is limited (compared to the benefits, which accrue to neighboring households too). Perhaps the government should consider giving the latrines to the community organization, and have them distribute it to the households. Then the community, which stands to benefit from everyone using latrines, will have an incentive to make sure everyone uses the latrines. Shanta