Established in 1997 as a not-for-profit organisation, BORDA (Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association) is a specialist organisation active in the fields of decentralised wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS), community-based sanitation and decentralised solid waste management within development cooperation and private-public partnership frameworks. BORDA contributes towards poverty alleviation, sustainable protection of natural resources and the strengthening of social structures. During the last ten years, around 1,000 DEWATS projects have been developed and facilitated with partners in Asia and Africa who employ a total expert workforce of more than 250 people.
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- Business Type:
- Service provider
- Industry Type:
- Water Treatment
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
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The Mission of BORDA
“The Mission of BORDA is to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities and to keep the environment intact through the expansion of Basic Needs Services in the areas of decentralised sanitation, water and energy supply as well as wastewater and solid waste disposal.”
Due to the particular focus on decentralised sanitation, including wastewater treatment and solid waste management, BORDA emphasises its efforts with the slogan:
BORDA e.V. (Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association) is a specialist organization active in the fields of poverty alleviation, sustainable protection of natural resources and the strengthening of social structures.
BORDA was established as a non-profit organization in 1977 by concerned citizens from Bremen with assistance from the Bremen Overseas Museum (Überseemuseum), various institutes of Bremen Universities, and trade and industry enterprises as well as with support from Bremen’s Senate.
The goal was to adapt certain forms of renewable energy to better serve poverty alleviation efforts and to facilitate decentralised development projects. Working closely with cooperation partners and specific target groups in order to improve the living conditions and social structures in target areas is also central to this aim.
Since 2001, BORDA has concentrated on development-oriented cooperation projects and services in the field of Basic Needs Services (BNS). These projects, operating within the context of social-structure reform, are geared towards the development and dissemination of sustainable, decentralised service models with the intent of improving the supply of Basic Needs Services.
Mission and Strategic Orientation
The Mission of BORDA is to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities and to keep the environment intact through the expansion of Basic Needs Services in the areas of decentralised sanitation, water and energy supply as well as wastewater and solid waste disposal. Due to the particular focus on decentralised sanitation including wastewater treatment and solid waste management BORDA emphasises its efforts with the slogan:
“Improved Sanitation for All”
In addition to the use of environmentally sustainable technology, BORDA’s spectrum of activity spans all socio-political levels (target groups, local, district and national governments), a feature unique to BORDA in the field of development. Other characteristics of BORDA’s work are:
- Immediate verifiable impact of measures
- High rate of sustainability of project implementations and services
- Demand-oriented, bottom-up, multi-stakeholder approach
- Close cooperation with selected overseas partners
- Application of proven environmentally friendly technologies
- Use of renewable energy
- Focus on the protection of the environment and natural resources in the context of decentralised development projects
- Applied Quality and Knowledge Management
- Building of local capacity, competence and expertise
- Active networking and co-operation with policy makers, civil society organizations, research institutes and private sector
- Supporting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals
- 'What cannot be sustained should not be done“
It is BORDA’s belief that the expansion of sector-specific, decentralised service models, in line with the aforementioned objectives, must be embedded into social programmes that address knowledge and quality management; this is necessary to ensure the acceptance, sustainability and widespread appeal of decentralised service models through the formulation and successive implementation of structured service packages. During this process it is not only the pilot phase of the service packages that is of chief concern, but also their dissemination on a large scale through the training of service providers and the involvement of both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders on all levels.
One Basic Needs Service is DEWATS, an effective, efficient, affordable and proven wastewater treatment solution for (sub-) tropical regions and low-income countries. DEWATS stands for “Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Solutions”, but it is much more than just a technical approach. DEWATS Service Packages include not simply the design and construction of hardware but a whole set of integrated measures which are combined according to demand.
DEWATS Service Packages are developed and disseminated by BORDA & BORDA BNS Network.
BORDA is currently facilitating BNS (Basic Needs Services) development projects in South and Southeast Asia as well as in southern Africa. Within the framework of BMZ projects (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) BORDA supports a partner network, the BNS Network. Partner organisations funded by the BMZ via BORDA are contracted by government agencies, city councils, private-sector entities and international cooperative development organisations.
Worldwide there are currently more than 20 project cooperation offices belonging to partner organisations, which are accountable for the planning and implementation of socialstructure development projects. BORDA project offices are responsible for the regional coordination of development projects supported by the BMZ as well as public relations and quality control. In addition to this, they broaden project appeal through project-related collaborations with local administration, trade associations and NGOs, as well as German and international development aid organisations.