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 Southeast Asia

Indonesia: Celebrating World Toilet Day 2016 with Fun Education for Elementary Students

by Anggita – Internship Student BORDA Indonesia, 01.12.2016

On Saturday, November 19, BORDA Indonesia celebrated World Toilet Day (WTD) 2016 in SD Muhammadiyah Balerante, Sleman. The event was held in cooperation with Indonesian Youth Opportunities in International Networking (IYOIN)...[more]

Vietnam: Installation of First Prefabricated DEWATS Plant in Hoi An City

by Pham Hai Yen – BORDA Vietnam, 30.11.2016

This is the first prefabricated DEWATS plant that was produced from the available materials of fiber at local market and installed for a restaurant in Hoi An city.[more]

Contributions to the New Urban Agenda: An Integrated Sanitation Approach Focused on Water Safety

by Mirko Dietrich / Marina Brueckner-Supriyono, BORDA Indonesia, 24.11.2016

On 20th October, 2016, the New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador ( It comprises the...[more]

Philippines: Operation and Maintenance Training for DEWATS Operators in Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village Brgy. San Roque

by Engr. WarlyMahusay and Louise Cac – BNS Philippines, 01.11.2016

After the successful construction and installation of the DEWATS Project in Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Barangay San Roque, Municipality of Alangalang, in the Province of Leyte, the facility already operates last March 30,...[more]

Vietnam: Technical Training through MonEv Activity at The First DEWATS for Pig Farm

by Pham Hai Yen – BORDA Vietnam, 27.10.2016

3 new technical staffs who have joined in BORDA-VAWR team since mid of 2016 have received the technical training on Monitoring and Evaluation (MonEv) at the first pig farm DEWATS funded by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural...[more]

Mit BORDA weltwaerts 

“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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An estimated 75 million people in Indonesia lack basic sanitation facilities.  Less than 5% of the population is served by conventional sewerage systems. Millions of Indonesian urban residents discharge human excrement and household wastewater directly into the aquatic environment.
The aim of the SANIMAS program is to develop together with Indonesian Communities a sustainable sanitation system managed by the community.

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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 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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