With his organisation Eau et Vie, Philippe de Roux works at improving living conditions for families living in the urban slums of developing countries, where access to clean water is a constant challenge. He demonstrates to public authorities and large water operators that an investment in water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure can at the same time enhance the quality of life of households, provide long-term solution to slum sprawl while create viable economic returns. So far, Eau et Vie has developed projects with sustainable business models, in major cities across the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Ivory Coast in which 85% of households have piped water with a payment rate of 95 %
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Karen Tse is building international coalitions to support public defenders in emerging democracies. With her organisation International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), she aims to eradicate torture in the 21st century and protect due process rights for accused people throughout the world. Through various actions including training and structural reform, IBJ enables societies to pursue the basic rights to legal representation and protection from mistreatment using the law. Leveraging a network of 55 justice-makers in 37 countries, over 30’000 individuals have been represented by IBJ lawyers and 22’000 lawyers have been trained. In Cambodia alone, between 2001 and 2012, the torture rate dropped from systemic in almost all police investigations to just under 5% in the cases that Karen’s organisation has handled.