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)

Sustainable Living Exhibition

by Sandile Mbatha, BORDA Partner, DES, 22.08.2012

The DES team and Hering Company are preparing for a 3 day exhibition taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, commencing on the 30th of August till the 1st of September.[more]

Happy 1ST birthday to DES!!

by Sandile Mbatha, BORDA Partner, DES, 22.08.2012

DES turned 1 year old on the July 15, 2012! This marked a period of reflection on the work done so far and the lessons learned along the way. On the same note, it indicates a new chapter of shifting from administrative focus...[more]

ACP-EU Water Facility Project Kickoff in Dar es Salaam

by Bossman Liana, BORDA-SADC, 10.07.2012

An ACP-EU water facility project kicked off on 27 March 2012 in Dar es Salaam. The aim of this project was to increase capacity and improve utility management in order to deliver sustainable water and sanitation services in...[more]

Health and Hygien Education in Zambia

by Eddie Kashinka,BORDA Partner,WASAZA, 10.07.2012

more than one third of the population does not have access to clean water and more than half lacks access to proper sanitation facilities. Water and sanitation facilities in basic schools are generally poor. According to 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 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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