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Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association

Germany • Bremen


BORDA e.V. (Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association) is a German non-governmental organisation, headquartered in Bremen with a network of local partner organisations in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Since founded in 1977, BORDA is active in the fields of poverty alleviation, sustainable protection of natural resources and the develops, implements and disseminates decentralised sustainable technologies and social measures for water, wastewater, energy and waste.
Currently BORDA is focusing on decentralized sanitation solutions for the poor in peri-urban and urban areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America. To increase access to improved sanitation, BORDA provides demand oriented service packages including decentralised wastewater management solutions (DEWATS) and decentralised solid waste management (DESWAM). BORDA has regional offices in Tanzania, India, Jordan, Indonesia and Mexico.
BORDA is mainly supported by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ) and the Hanseatic City of Bremen.

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BORDA’s activities extend on all levels of intervention for making neighbourhoods more liveable, strengthening social structures and developing and implementing – in collaboration with local partners – innovative approaches on site.

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Location of projects and headquarters

Projects in SuSanA database: 15

2016 - 2022

Developing Guidelines for Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems

The development of National Guidelines was one key instrument to facilitate a focused dialogue, for knowledge management, to create awareness, acceptance and capacities. These Guidelines are a reference for more detailed legislation, standards and manuals

In this project the performance of Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) was evaluated, policies and guiding documents were reviewed and National Guidelines were developed in collaboration with key sector actors. The Guidelines were endorsed by the Ministry of Water (Tanzania). In order to operationalize the Guidelines trainings …

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Project year: 2019

SFD Training

Conducting two SFD trainings in Jordan

Managed under the umbrella of SuSanA together with partners, the SFD Promotion Initiative was born. In the first phase of this project, the SFD approach was applied in about 40 cities worldwide. A key objective of the next phase of this initiative is to promote and facilitate the use of SFDs by city authorities worldwide, development partners and …

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Project year: 2019

Encouraged Water and Sanitation Journalism, Phase 2: Northern Iraq and Lebanon

Enable journalists to report on key water challenges in a way that encourages more sustainable water management as a means of conflict prevention and enhancing the quality of life

Together with the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) and CEWAS Middle East, The Center for Entrepreneurship in Water and Sanitation unify efforts to offer the Water and Sanitation Journalism Learning and Exposure Program. This initiative, supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany …

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2018 - 2019

Encouraged Water and Sanitation Journalism, Phase 1: Lebanon and Jordan

Increasing the social and political awareness about water and sustainable sanitation in the region

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) West Asia and North Africa (WANA) Chapter is looking to further connect with and engage regional journalists in taking an interest in writing stories about SDG6 and sanitation challenges in the region, which will hence play a role in increasing the social and political awareness about water and …

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Project year: 2019

FSM Capacity Development for Dar es Salaam

To facilitate knowledge exchange with the aim of developing an enabling environment for FSM in Dar es Salaam

1. Launching and coordination: - Kick – Off workshop - Coordination meeting 2. Developing advanced understanding of FSM: - Five Trainings for Specific Target Groups 3. Identification of challenges and development of solutions: - First Working Groups Meeting - Second Working Groups Meeting - Knowledge …

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2016 - 2020

INNOQUA (a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project involving 20 partners)

To explore the treatment efficacy of selected nature based wastewater treatment systems as well as the potential for water re-use

INNOQUA is challenging pre-conceived ideas that nature based wastewater treatment is only suitable for rural and remote populations. Harnessing the combined potential of earthworms, zooplankton and microalgae, the modular system is being demonstrated in 11 countries on four continents – in both urban and rural environments. The project is …

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2014 - 2016

Community Based Sanitation – SANIMAS Gambiran Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Yogyakarta City, Yogyakarta Special Province, Indonesia

To assist local governments and low-income urban communities to plan, implement and maintain community sanitation systems of their choice

WWTP in Yogyakarta city is one of the 2287 operating DEWATS constructed with the support of BORDA and its partners in Indonesia. Millions of Indonesian urban residents discharge human excrement and household wastewater either directly into the aquatic environment or indirectly into the groundwater via sedimentation tanks and percolation pits. As …

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Project year: 2009

Kim Bang Hospital Wastewater Treatment Plant

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment for Kim Bang District Hospital in Ha Nam province, Vietnam

The Kim Bang General Hospital wastewater treatment plant is one of the 25 operating DEWATS constructed with the support of BORDA in Vietnam. Kim Bang General Hospital has long been considered to be a major source of environmental pollution in Ha Nam province. Instead of being treated adequately, all wastewater from the 250-bed hospital was …

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Project year: 2009

Iloilo Mission Hospital Wastewater Treatment Plant in Iloilo City, Philippines

To construct a decentralized wastewater treatment plant

The Iloilo Mission Hospital Wastewater Treatment Plant was completed in 2009. It was designed for 290 hospital beds, including patients, staff and visitors. This Treatment Plant is one of the 69 operating DEWATS constructed with the support of BORDA in Philippines. Wastewater generated from the Iloilo Mission Hospital has long been considered …

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2010 - 2011

Theun Hinboun Power Company Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Plant (DEWATS)

To provide solutions for wastewater treatment for the operational staff camps, office and school of Theun Hinboun Power Company.

A wastewater treatment plant has already been in place. However the mechanical activated sludge system that was used between 1995 and 2009 was not working anymore, due to high costs as well as a lack of knowledge to operate the system and replace spare parts. Furthermore it was odorous during the treatment process and the effluent wastewater …

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2014 - 2016

Bith Meas Primary School Small Wastewater Management System (SWMS)

To build and operate small wastewater management system for Bith Meas Primary School in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bith Meas Primary School SWSM is one of the 69 operating DEWATS constructed with the support of BORDA in Cambodia. Most wastewater from the primary school in Bith Meas Village in Siem Ream was discharged untreated into soak pit tanks and the surrounding environment. This threatened not only the health of the school children and teachers but …

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2014 - 2016

Leh Faecal Sludge Treatment Facility

To treat faecal sludge from commercial establishments which were polluting Leh’s groundwater

The Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant in Ladakh, India, is one of the first in the world at such a high altitude treating faecal sludge from commercial establishments which were polluting Leh’s groundwater. Leh has witnessed tremendous growth in the last ten years. More than 2,50,000 tourists visit Leh every month, a super sharp rise from the …

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2014 - 2016

Devanahalli Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP)

To construct a FSTP for safe treatment and disposal of sludge collected in septic tanks and pit latrines in Karnataka, India

Based on the need and interest of the town for setting up of appropriate faecal sludge treatment facility for safe disposal and resource recovery options several meetings were held among the project stakeholders – political leaders, community leaders, government, organizations working in Devanahalli linked to sanitation, and farmers to discuss …

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2015 - 2017

Nexus projects - linking sanitation to agriculture (Food production and settlement hygiene in poor peri-urban regions in India)

To mainstream and scale up the practices established in Nexus pilot-scale interventions, and to share the gained knowledge and experiences with a wider audience

Nexus Project – Food Production and Settlement Hygiene in Poor Peri-Urban Regions in India - creates the missing link between safe sanitation and food production, to enable the safe reuse of products from various sanitation systems. The project is jointly implemented by CDD Society Bangalore and BORDA. Now, in the third and final year of the …

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2013 - 2015

Strengthening the Operation and Maintenance Sector for Servicing Decentralized Urban Sanitation Infrastructure in Karnataka, India

To support improved O&M services for decentralized urban sanitation infrastructure in one city in Karnataka.

The project seeks to develop government and private sector capacity to address the absence of professional, and an enabling environment to provide professional O&M services for urban sanitation infrastructure,especially for decentralised and onsite wastewater treatment systems.

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