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)

Sanitation Challenges in Informal Settlements - Applications of DEWATS and Community Ablution Blocks (CAB) in South Africa

by Prof. Chris Buckley, BORDA Partner, UKZN, South Africa, 28.02.2011

The large number of people that live in dense informal settlements and concomitant lack of acceptable sanitation services is a major problem in developing countries. In Durban, South Africa, it is estimated that about 250 000...[more]

WASAZA at the Zambian ScienceExibition 2010

by Stefan Menzel,BORDA Partner WASAZA, Zambia, 17.02.2011

WASAZA used the occasion of the 2010 Zambian Science Fair to successfully showcase its work to the general public of Zambia. The exhibition was held at the Mulungushi Convention Center in Lusaka from 10 - 12 November 2010. Its...[more]

The Newlands-Mashu DEWATS Demonstration Plant

by Prof. Chris Buckley, BORDA Partner, UKZN, South Africa, 07.02.2011

In February 2009 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BORDA and eThekwini Water and Sanitation for a demonstration and research DEWATS plant to be designed, constructed, commissioned and operated at Newlands-Mashu,...[more]

Ecological Sanitation Concept - DEWATS workshop on World Toilet Day

by Golden Manyanga, BORDA Partner, WASAZA, Zambia, 31.01.2011

World Toilet Day is celebrated every year on 19 November. The 2010 celebrations saw a number of activities undertaken to commemorate the day. The Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia (WASAWA) organized a technical workshop...[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 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


DEWATS Newsletter

BORDA publishes the electronic newsletter on DEWATS Information quarterly.

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