BORDA e.V. (BORDA Overseas Research & Development Association) is a German nongovernmental organisation, headquartered in Bremen with regional offices in Tanzania, India, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Mexico. With a network of local partner organisations, we work in more than 20 countries and provide practical assistance where it is needed.
In 1977, BORDA was founded in Bremen as a charitable organisation with the aim to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of people. Through developing, implementing and disseminating decentralised sustainable technologies and social measures for water, wastewater, energy and waste, BORDA has for around 40 years helped people worldwide access basic public services.More than 2.5 billion people globally do not have access to basic sanitation, many among them living in poor urban areas of fast growing cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
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. In cooperation with the local population, sustainable solutions for unsolved questions in waste water and waste are developed in participative dialogue processes in the aim of making cities and urban areas healthy and liveable for all people. Together with governments and local enterprises we work on improving communal planning processes, sanitary supply structures and services in cities.
To foster the sustainable and attentive handling with natural resources and to secure basic human rights, BORDA focuses on close and long-term collaboration with professionals on site, and knowledge transfer in global networks. Through the work of the BORDA partner network on site, social structures are strengthened, fostering framework conditions for development are built, and by providing a various educational offer local knowledge is established. This proceeding allows the uncomplicated and sustainable implementation of decentralised solutions for sanitation, water supply, energy producing, waste water treatment, and waste recycling and disposal where it is needed most. In the area of research BORDA develops in collaboration with universities and research institutes future orientated concepts for a world where up to 70% of the growing population will live in cities.