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)

First pre-fabricated DEWATS modules installed in South Africa

by Annekatrin Mayer & Stefan Reuter, BORDA Partner, DES, South Africa, 17.08.2011

On 10 August 2011 the first two pre-fabricated DEWATS modules were installed in the Frasers informal settlement of eThekwini Municipality. They are treating domestic wastewater from a community ablution block serving 75...[more]

WASAZA Soars amidst Challenges

by Zama Lungu, BORDA Partner, WASAZA Zambia, 22.07.2011

VISION without action is simply a dream, and action without vision is simply passing time hence the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia (WASAZA) understands that only action with vision can make a positive difference. For...[more]

Kick-Off new BORDA partner NGO „DES“

by Annekatrin Mayer, BORDA SADC Office, South Africa, 02.07.2011

Last Wednesday, June 22nd the Kick-Off meeting of the new BORDA partner NGO Decentralised Environmental Solution (DES) took place in the shared BORDA/HERING premises in Shakas Head, South Africa. The present trustees agreed on...[more]

Promoting DEWATS for Hotels - BORDA participates at Karibu Fair 2011

by Anika Scholz, BORDA SADC Regional Office, Tanzania, 23.06.2011

Camel rides, Maasai dancers, hotels and tour operators all offering their services; so is a DEWATS stand out of place at a tourism fair? Not at all, as shown by BORDA’s recent experience at "Karibu Fair". [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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