DEWATS | Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems

DEWATS stands for “Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems”.

DEWATS is a technical approach rather than merely a technology package. Applications are designed to be low-maintenance: most important parts of the system work without technical energy inputs and cannot be switched off intentionally. Furthermore, DEWATS applications provide state-of-the-art-technology at affordable prices because all of the materials used for construction are locally available. Read more...


CBS | Community-Based Sanitation

Official statistics suggest that about 2.6 billion people do not have access to “improved” sanitation. 75% live in Asia, 18% live in Africa and 5% live in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Community-Based Sanitation (CBS) framework is tailored to improve sanitation conditions in densely populated urban areas. Successful implementations depend on the active cooperation of communities, governments, NGOs, and the private sector. Proven technical options are synthesized with capacity building measures and technical expertise to mainstream CBS as a viable option in areas where neither individual on-site systems nor centralized sewerage systems can fulfil the need of stakeholders for basic sanitation. Read more...


DESWAM | Decentralized Solid Waste Management

Due to a continued high population growth and economic development in urban areas, many public-, private- as well as informal service providers in cities are unable to cope with increasing volumes of solid waste, especially in poor and low- income settlements.
Regular and safe disposal of solid waste is the basis for settlement hygiene and prevention of diseases and hence the foundation for any development activities oriented at poverty alleviation. Opens internal link in current windowRead more...


DEES | Decentralized Energy Supply

Access to electricity constitutes the basis for a minimum standard of living. It is fundamental to social and economic development. It also enables the deprived to improve their quality of life. Basic electricity supply for household and handicraft is thus a key component of poverty-oriented Basic Needs Services. Read more...


DEWAS | Decentralized Water Supply

Access to clean water forms the basis for a minimum standard of living and enables the deprived to improve their quality of life. Water supply for household and agricultural use is thus a key component of poverty-oriented Basic Needs Services.

Particularly in rural, mountainous areas with little rainfall, water sources are often several hundred meters away from houses and fields. The people in these regions traditionally must walk over long distances to fetch the water and carry it back to their villages. Read more...



Knowledge & Quality Management

Today, excellence in handling knowledge is a key success factor.

The formation of BORDA was guided by people sharing the vision of renewable energy’s potential for poverty alleviation. The driving forces were individuals from different sectors with technical, social science or commercial backgrounds. They had nothing to offer save their willingness to put their knowledge and professional skills to use in a new context of voluntary commitment aimed at breaking new ground in international development.

Since then, knowledge has been BORDA’s key asset, with research management, collection, editing and dissemination among its core lines activities. Read more...


Basic Needs Services

BORDA’s fields of activity comprise a spectrum of development-related services geared towards the provision of specific basic needs. The Basic Needs Services (BNS) are directly linked to the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and are in keeping with the objectives of climate protection of the Kyoto Protocol.

BORDA’s development-aid activities are geared towards disadvantaged target groups, particularly women and children, in urban and rural regions in Asia and Africa.

A distinguishing characteristic of all BORDA-initiated development projects –oriented towards the advancement of social structures – is the systematic valorisation of self-help potential within disadvantaged target groups and civic organizations.

This occurs within the scope of demand-oriented development cooperation, which through close cooperation with other important stakeholders of both bilateral and multilateral development institutions increases the level of a broad impact. During the planning, implementation, operation and financing of projects, the high level of participation on the part of target groups and developmental policymakers results in substantial public acceptance and the increased sustainability of BORDA service packages.