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A General Micro-Level Modeling Approach to Analyzing Interconnected SDGs: Achieving SDG 6 and More through Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS)

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School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 314; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9020314
Received: 12 December 2016 / Revised: 11 February 2017 / Accepted: 14 February 2017 / Published: 21 February 2017
The 2030 agenda presents an integrated set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets that will shape development activities for the coming decade. The challenge now facing development organizations and governments is how to operationalize this interconnected set of goals and targets through effective projects and programs. This paper presents a micro-level modeling approach that can quantitatively assess the impacts associated with rural water interventions that are tailored to specific communities. The analysis focuses on how a multiple-use water services (MUS) approach to SDG 6 could reinforce a wide range of other SDGs and targets. The multilevel modeling framework provides a generalizable template that can be used in multiple sectors. In this paper, we apply the methodology to a dataset on rural water services from Mozambique to show that community-specific equivalents of macro-level variables used in the literature such as Cost of Illness (COI) avoided can provide a better indication of the impacts of a specific intervention. The proposed modeling framework presents a new frontier for designing projects in any sector that address the specific needs of communities, while also leveraging the knowledge gained from previous projects in any country. The approach also presents a way for agencies and organizations to design projects or programs that bridge sectors/disciplines (water, irrigation, health, energy, economic development, etc.) to advance an interconnected set of SDGs and targets. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development goals; water; multiple-use water services; rural; peri-urban; cost–benefit analysis; multilevel modeling framework sustainable development goals; water; multiple-use water services; rural; peri-urban; cost–benefit analysis; multilevel modeling framework
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Hall, R.P.; Ranganathan, S.; G. C., R.K. A General Micro-Level Modeling Approach to Analyzing Interconnected SDGs: Achieving SDG 6 and More through Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS). Sustainability 2017, 9, 314.

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