UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims for universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030 and calls for thorough monitoring to ensure that no one is left behind. However, despite decades of investment, India still falters in ensuring inclusive WASH service delivery in urban areas.
The aaco platform believes Indian cities can aspire to citywide inclusive and resilient access to water, sanitation, hygiene, and healthy spaces (pollution-free built and natural environments) for all urban dwellers with a focus on the underprivileged, women, children and the elderly.
aaco is a collective action model that aims to prioritize the agenda of improving citywide inclusive and resilient access to WASH and healthy spaces for improved health and well-being outcomes and economic prosperity for all. A part of the Global Commission on Adaptation (Cities Action Track), aaco uses a Systems Thinking and Strengthening Approach to further inclusive and resilient access to WASH services and healthy spaces.
aaco is also engaging extensively with civil society, community-based organizations, local and international research institutes and academia to give momentum to this initiative.
The aaco approach helps inform policy-making and regulations, strengthens institutional capacity and financing streams, and improves water resources management to create a robust ecosystem that supports innovation, implementation and financial sustainability.
Our priority workstreams are strengthening institutions, communication, innovation and research. Our work is based on four important principles:
Prioritizing SDG 6
To achieve universal, equitable access to WASH, in Indian cities, leaving no one behind.
Enhancing WASH infrastructure
Working towards solutions that integrate prudent and integrated service delivery models.
Integrated, closed loop WASH systems
Exploring opportunities in water supply, sanitation, wastewater, storm water management etc.
Nature Based Solutions (NBS)
Place-based approach (NBS & public space development) for climate change adaption and livability.