Communication 10: Pathway to accessible and sustainable clean water to communities in developing economies through a collaborative support model: A case study in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6
In Sri-Lanka, due to climate change, most of the rural villages have difficulty accessing clean water. With the United Nations (UN) initiatives set in 2015 to Transform the world by 2030, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set to tackle multiple challenges humankind is facing to ensure economic prosperity and environmental protection. However, due to the disparities between developed and developing economies, some developing countries such as Sri-Lanka will require a more substantial design and implementation to achieve the SDGs effectively. In this paper, a collaborative support model has been developed to provide clean water to Hippola village, Sri-Lanka. The Participatory Action Research approach is adopted in formulating, implementing and evaluating the model. Results suggest clean water (SDG6) has a synergistic impact on improving health (SDG3) and reducing poverty (SDG1) in Hippola village. However, these findings are limited to a village that depends on agriculture produce as their main source of income.