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 cooking technology introduced in Libuyu Compound, Livingstone

by Jeannette Laramee, BORDA Partner WASAZA, Zambia, 17.03.2014

With the turning of a valve and lighting of a match, five years of dedication, discussion, design and delivery culminated into a successful completion of the P-LOCSAN Libuyu, Livingstone project in February 2014. [more]

Facts About Growing Bananas Using Treated Wastewater

by Christopher Kellner, BORDA Partner, WASAZA Zambia, 31.01.2014

Promising tests have shown that bananas can grow in Planted Gravel Filters. Considering that the plant is a staple in most parts of Southern and East Africa, the socio-economic benefits could be far reaching. BORDA Zambia has...[more]

This time for Africa: BORDA BNS Network Meeting from 18th to 20th October 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

by Annika Petruch, BORDA Tanzania, 12.11.2013

Once a year all BORDA Basic Needs Services (BNS) Partners around the globe meet for the “Annual BNS Network Meeting”, a platform where the different countries and regions share experiences, discuss ideas and collaboratively form...[more]


by Tuseko Sindano, BORDA Partner, WASAZA Zambia, 31.10.2013

WASAZA, in conjunction with World Vision Zambia, organised an awareness workshop for the World Vision Zambia ZWASH Project with a particular focus on Biogas Technology in school sanitation. This three day workshop, hosted by...[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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