To celebrate Global Handwashing Day, Global Waters Radio spoke with USAID’s Nga Nguyen and Harvard University’s Dr. Reshmaan Hussam about incentivizing handwashing behavior change, following up on a September 2017 webinar on the subject co-hosted by USAID and the Global Handwashing Partnership.
Nga Nguyen is the Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Social Behavior Change Adviser at USAID’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition. She has more than 15 years of field experience in social and behavior change focusing on a variety of behaviors. In this podcast, Reshmaan Hussam, an economist and assistant professor at Harvard Business School whose research explores the intersection of development, behavioral, and health economics, speaks with Nga about the role of learning and habit formation in achieving sustainable changes in handwashing habits, and shares her insights about recent handwashing field studies her team has conducted in India’s rural West Bengal state. This podcast was originally published in September 2017.
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For more information on the research or organizations discussed in this Global Waters Radio podcast:
- Global Handwashing Day
- Norms, Nudges, or Addiction: Understanding Drivers for Handwashing Behavior (Webinar)
- Habit Formation and Rational Addiction: A Field Experiment in Handwashing
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