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 Southern Africa (SADC)

Pilot sanitation facilities and services for 14 wards of Dar es Salaam

by Anika Scholz, BORDA Partner, EEPCO, Tanzania, 22.06.2011

Sanitation designs for one city, three municipalities and a total of 14 project sites - that’s the scale of the work Belgian Technical Cooperation has commissioned EEPCO and BORDA to carry out.[more]

Make Zambia Cleaner, Greener and Healthier

by Christopher Kellner,BORDA Partner,WASAZA Zambia, 20.06.2011

The key slogan of the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia(WASAZA) is “Make Zambia Cleaner, Greener and Healthier”.WASAZA even has a sanitation song (composed and sung by the Sakala Brothers) with a catchy melody which you...[more]

Kicking off DEWATS prefab in South Africa

by Annekatrin Mayer, BORDA SADC Office, South Africa, 26.05.2011

In January 2011 BORDA opened a new office in Shakas Head, 50km in the north of Durban, South Africa. The premises are shared with HERING South Africa. The framework is a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP)-Project on pre-fabricated...[more]

WASAZA contributes to sanitation improvements in low cost areas

by Christopher Kellner, BORDA Partner, WASAZA, Zambia, 23.05.2011

The introduction of Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) in Zambia began in 2007. The program is supported by BORDA (Bremen Overseas Research and Development Agency) through a cooperative agreement between the...[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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A short demonstration of an dewats system in Tamil Nadu/India

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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