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

DES hosts a Policy Workshop on Subsistence Agriculture in Peri-urban Communities

by Sandile Mbatha, BORDA PArtner, DES South Africa, 22.08.2014

Decentralised Environmental Solutions (DES) in partnership with UKZN hosted a policy workshop intended to interrogate the role of subsistence agriculture in peri-urban communities as a tool for facilitating women’s economic...[more]

BORDA against plastic!

by Annika Petruch (BORDA Tanzania) & Malte Gallée (Guest Author), 14.07.2014

Plastic trash is polluting our environment and killing millions of animals every year. We at BORDA care for our waste. Read how.[more]

Biogas System O&M Training - P-LOCSAN I Commercial Utility

by Aubrey Simwambi, BORDA Partner, WASAZA Zambia, 10.07.2014

From 2008—2013 WASAZA and BORDA in collaboration with Commercial Water and Sewerage Utilities (CUs) (Kafubu, North Western and Southern Water and Sewerage Companies) and the Devolution Trust Fund (DTF) piloted three sanitation...[more]

South African BORDA partner to win 2014 Stockholm Industry Water Award

by Annika Petruch, BORDA Tanzania, 02.06.2014

Durban's Water and Sanitation utility eThekwini Water & Sanitation (EWS) has won the 2014 Stockholm Industry Water Awards being one of the most progressive water utilities in the world.[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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