Access to clean water remains a struggle for a large portion of the global population. Illnesses from contaminated water have been shown to harm people’s livelihoods. New research shows that in districts with poorer quality water sources, higher rates of diarrhea are associated with lower rates of school enrollment.
Kampungs in Jakarta, Indonesia, also known as “informal housing,” are historically understood to be contaminated and unhygienic, which has often been used as an excuse for their destruction. New research shows that women in these communities resist the state’s justification for removing people from kampungs, especially when it has profound alterations to their social and economic way of life.