BORDA and BNS Network

BORDA advises and facilitates projects in the sectors of decentralised sanitation, wastewater treatment, water and energy supply, and solid waste disposal in Asia and Africa. Active for over 30 years, BORDA is part of a network of international research and development organisations.

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Basic Needs Services

Basic Needs Services (BNS) are directly linked to the UN's Millenium Development Goals and are in keeping with the objectives of climate protection of the Kyoto Protocol. They are actions geared towards improving living conditions for disadvantaged target groups.

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DEWATS Service Packages

BORDA strives to create sanitation solutions: DEWATS (Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Solutions) Service Packages include not simply the construction of this proven solution but a whole set of integrated measures, combined according to demand.

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BORDA is facilitating BNS development projects in Asia and Africa. Currently there are more than 20 project cooperation offices worldwide of partner organisations, accountable for planning and implementation of socialstructure development projects.

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News from BORDA Africa

Tanzania Commemorates Global Handwashing Day, World Toilet Day and National Sanitation Week: 14th -19th November 2014

by Bossman Liana, BORDA Tanzania, 08.01.2015

The best way to sustainably reduce life-threatening diseases such as diarrhoea is through the use of safe drinking water, sanitation and improved hygiene practices. The state of sanitation – and handwashing in particular –...[more]

7th generation of weltwaerts volunteers arrive at BORDA Eastern & Southern Africa

by Annika Petruch & Jacob Woelki, BORDA Tanzania, 17.10.2014

Ever since the launch of the weltwaerts program by the German government in 2008, BORDA has been sending young professionals abroad, in order to support BORDA and its partner organizations all over the world. Recently, another...[more]

“Nanenane” Agricultural Exhibition in Tanzania

by Bossman Liana, BORDA Tanzania, 02.09.2014

Nanenane Agricultural exhibition is an annual event held on August 8 (the 8th of the 8th month) each year in Tanzania. It is a national event celebrated to recognize farmers’ contribution to the Tanzanian economy. Farmers and...[more]

DEWATS – The Freedom Maker!

by Annika Petruch, BORDA Tanzania, 25.08.2014

Safe wastewater management represents a major challenge in many African countries, as insufficient sanitation infrastructure still affect millions of people’s livelihoods. Some organizations and some solutions however, stand out...[more]

Going weltwaerts with BORDA 

Learning through active helping“ is the motto of the voluntary service program Weltwärts for young people between the ages of 18 and 28.

For those interested in volunteering in developing countries, the program offers a chance to acquire international experience, intercultural skills, and professional qualifications.

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SBS in Southern Africa 

Linking sanitation, health and education
Research and practical experience have illuminated the link between sanitation, health and education.  However, sanitation facilities in many schools in Southern Africa are in a poor and neglected condition. Due to this situation, alternative cost-effective wastewater concepts, such as DEWATS School Based Sanitation, can play a major role in the struggle to improve health and hygiene in schools.

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Mapping of Implementations 

In cooperation with Google Earth, BORDA shows an overview of their projects in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa, SADC.

Read more and download regional files for an geographic survey of a range of BORDA projects.



DEWATS Newslettter 

DEWATS Newsletter

BORDA publishes the electronic newsletter on DEWATS Information quarterly.

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EU Water Facility funded school sanitation project in Lesotho

DEWATS Special Newsletter 

BORDA received the Development Solutions Award by IWA for outstanding “innovations and contributions to technology and community facilitation that transform service delivery in low income urban settlements.” read more



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