Nga Nguyen and Reshmaan Hussam on Incentivizing Handwashing Habit Formation
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To celebrate Global Handwashing Day 2017, Global Waters Radio recently 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 Heath 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 topics, programs, or organizations related to this podcast:
- Global Handwashing Day
- Norms, Nudges, or Addiction: Understanding Drivers for Handwashing Behavior (Webinar)
- Habit Formation and Rational Addiction: A Field Experiment in Handwashing
Global Waters Radio was a podcast series produced by the Water Team at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2016 - 2020. The series offered listeners insights from USAID officials, development partners, thought leaders and experts from across the water sector as they discussed USAID water programming and cutting-edge research from around the world.