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

Biogas – DEWATS challenge for on-site sanitation in Lesotho

by Andreas Schmidt, BORDA/TED, Lesotho, 06.06.2008

Lesotho is an ideal place for DEWATS application. Septic tanks with soak-away are either not allowed by authorities or do not work due to the ground texture. Regular empting of the septic tanks is expensive and the commercial...[more]

Drama and community participation

by Annie Zimba, BORDA Partner, WASAZA, Zambia, 06.05.2008

BORDA has implemented various community projects, for example, Community Based Sanitation (CBS) in developing countries using techniques that enhance sustainability due to their participatory nature. One such technique is the...[more]

Sanitation Situation in Africa

by Andreas Schmidt (BORDA/TED), Lesotho, 02.05.2008

“Every hour, a hundred African children die from diarrhoea- so started the final statement of 2002 AfricaSan conference. What has changed in the intervening 5 years? The 300 million Africans who did not have access to basic...[more]

DEWATS-CBS gaining ground in Southern Africa

, 02.04.2008

The DEWATS- CBS project in Southern African Development Countries (SADC)  kicked-off  through the cooperation with TED (Technology for Economic Development) in Lesotho beginning of 2007 after a six months warm-up phase. Tasks of...[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 

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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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