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Adam Laidlaw on Water Aid


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One of the biggest untold tragedies in our world is the simple fact that 2.5 billion people still lack safe sanitation; somewhere to go to the toilet, wash their hands and get clean water. We all know that water, sanitation and hygiene are fundamental to human development.

Today WaterAid’s Adam Laidlaw reminds us how access to clean water and sanitation transforms the lives of women and girls – and their broader communities – and outlines what’s being done to tackle the global sanitation crisis.


Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speaker’s Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of the most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.



Adam Laidlaw

Adam is chief executive of WaterAid Australia. He has a wealth of Third Sector experience spanning 30 years. He specialises in international development, social justice, wildlife, conservation and environmental agencies. Adam was chief executive of ChildFund New Zealand. He currently serves on the b... Read more


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