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

Guluka Kwalala Commited to Change…

by Joyce Zablon, BORDA SADC, Tanzania, 27.03.2013

Guluka Kwalala Youth Environment Group (also known as Guluka Kwalala) is a local NGO who’s mission is to build community capacity to enhance good governance and reduce poverty through environmental education, environmental...[more]


by Sarah & Teza, BORDA Partner, WASAZA Zambia, 26.02.2013

Founded in 2001, the World Toilet Day Organization is a global non-profit organization which aims to break the toilet taboo and deliver sustainable sanitation worldwide. It currently has 151 member organizations in 53 countries.[more]

BORDA received ‘Engineering Award’ in Durban, South Africa

by Phatang Sananikone (BORDA South Africa) and Sven Meyer (BORDA Germany), 26.11.2012

BORDA was honored at the Annual Awards Banquet by the school of engineering of the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) for their support and contribution to the advancement of engineering education last year.[more]

DES Welcomes Weltwärts Bremen Volunteers for 2012/2013 Intake

by Menzi Mhlongo, BORDA Partner, DES South Africa, 24.10.2012

Matti and Magdalena were officially welcomed by DES staff on Monday after arriving from preparation seminars in both Bremen and Dar es Salaam respectively. [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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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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