BORDA in Africa

BORDA in the SADC Region – Improved Sanitation for All
In order to improve the public health for disadvantaged groups and meet the demand for improved sanitation services while protecting fresh water resources in Southern and Eastern Africa, BORDA is successfully demonstrating and disseminating demand oriented Basis Needs Services (BNS) and developing local implementation capacities within the public and private sector.
In September 2006, BORDA started the SADC BNS program through cooperation with TED (Technology for Economic Development), a Lesotho based NGO. In February 2010, a regional office was established in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The regional office coordinates the program activities, facilitates a constantly growing BNS network within the SADC region and links up with BNS networks in South and South-East Asia.

Based on the DEWATS approach and principles (Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Solutions), the BORDA BNS network develops and delivers the following service packages:

  • Decentralized wastewater and urban sludge management
  • Community-Based Sanitation (CBS) with integrated wastewater treatment for
    • Community and public sanitation center
    • Simplified sewer systems
  • School-Based Sanitation (SBS)
  • Decentralized solid waste management (DESWAM)
  • Biogas technologies
  • City wide sanitation planning
  • Health & hygiene education (HE) and health impact assessment (HIA)
  • Quality management      


All service packages are adapted to the conditions and requirements of the individual country and are supported by an adequate quality management system (QMS). The QMS allows for steady improvement of service delivery through assurance of implementation and service quality while developing implementation capacities and updating knowledge, technologies and implementation processes in a systematic manner.    

Following a bottom-up and multi-stakeholder approach, BORDA and its BNS network partners apply on demand and country and partner specific in this frame work following BNS program components to the public and private sector:

  • Capacity building
  • Project planning and design incl. stakeholder involvement and detailed engineering
  • Facilitation and supervision through all steps of project implementation
  • Monitoring & evaluation of institutional and technical performance
  • Research & development and knowledge management
  • Dissemination: evaluating demonstrations and developing lessons learnt for replication and up-scaling  

While BORDA’s work is essentially supported from the partner country level through government, financial and private bodies from local to national level. BORDA’sBNS program in the SADC region isalso supported by the Federal of German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through its Facility for Social Structure Support, the Centre for International Migration (CIM) and the ‘weltwaerts’ program. Another long-standing key partner is the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

For further information on our partner network, our service packages and references, please click on the links

 BORDA SADC team