BORDA e. V. is looking for a: “Regional Director Africa (m/f)” based in our regional Office in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).

The Africa programme’s core activities are mainly financed by the BMZ. It is entering a new phase beginning from 2019 until 2021. The Regional Director is responsible for all ongoing activities in Tanzania, Zambia, Lesotho, South Africa and for developing additional activities in other African countries.
The Director will also be a member of BORDA’s Global Directorate, which is working as a dedicated team responsible for the development of cross-regional strategies and collaboration within BORDA.

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Safely Managed Sanitation for All – The BORDA Approach

Sustainable development, liveable communities, healthy environments: to make these a reality around the world, it is essential to ensure access to clean water and adequate sanitation, safely managed for all. Here we present an inside look at how BORDA is innovating sanitation, and some of the people who are making it happen.

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Production: Alasdair Jardine, Music: Sabor-Music, Volker Klein


BORDA e.V. (Bremen 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.


Aim of all BORDA activities is supporting poor people to establish a life in a healthy and liveable environment. In this aim, BORDA fosters the supply of basic services in the field of water, waste, and energy for supporting people in undersupplied poor urban areas to realise a safe and dignified life.

Many people do not have access to basic services like toilets or energy for cooking a meal. Services provided by the government or the private sector often do not reach poor areas or are too expensive for people with low incomes. With decentralised options solutions can be found where normally a basic supply would not be achieved.A further aim of BORDA is the protection of natural resources and a healthy environment because especially in poor urban areas wastewater and waste pollute nature and groundwater.

Our activities protect the environment by disseminating sustainable and innovative technologies in the fields of waste water and waste. Using renewable energies, the climate can be protected.

For reaching those aims, we are working closely with political and social players on different levels of interaction.

History / Background

BORDA was founded in 1977 in Bremen, Germany, as a non-profit organisation focused on creating opportunity for the sustainable reuse of environmental resources to produce renewable energy. Founders were citizens who, facing the oil crisis, were searching for alternatives to solve the energy crisis.

The Bremen Overseas Museum, research institutes of the University of Bremen, the Bremer Senat, and local enterprises have supported the foundation of BORDA and until today are important partners on many areas.Since 1977, BORDA and its partners have fostered and implemented more than 2,500 measures in emerging and developing countries.

In the course of the oil crisis in the 1970s one of the guiding principles was changing and developing basic services by systematic use of renewable energies as initiator of processes of development and the protection of the environment and natural resources.

Combining these guiding principles, with BORDA’s inaugural project in 1977, “Technology Transfer of Biogas India-Ethiopia”, innovative technology for renewable energy was implemented through integration with local needs and partnerships on an international level.

Important milestones in BORDA’s history were the fostering of biogas projects in Asia and Africa and the related engagement for a broad/wide acknowledgement of this environment protecting and sustainable form of gaining energy; the implementation of hydropower-based energy-gaining in the Himalaya Mountains and the dissemination of decentralized water supply in India, Vietnam and Southern China.Since 1977, the situation in many partner countries has changed and therefore also the expectations on collaboration and programmes.

While, during the 1970s and 1980s, BORDA focused mostly on the development of rural areas, now merely the growing cities are focused where sustainable solutions for problems in waste and wastewater are worked out and implemented.

Over time BORDA has changed in many areas. The portfolio has been adapted to new challenges, cooperations with many new countries have been started and projects have been finished. Though, BORDA‘s commitment always bases on the belief that civic commitment can be an important contribution for conquest poverty and overuse of natural resources, particularly in close cooperation on local levels.


BORDA implements various projects in cooperation with a broad network of local partner organisations – the BNS partner network. Our partners on site know best how to realize projects in the countries respectfully and successfully. We offer the needed support in expertise for efficient and sustainable work. The headquarter in Bremen coordinates the regional offices in Tanzania (Africa), India (South Asia), Afghanistan (West and Central Asia), Indonesia (South East Asia), and Mexico (Las Américas). BORDA collaborates currently with more than 30 partner organisations, which employ more than 300 experts in more than 20 countries. Our regional offices coordinate the common activities with partner organisations in the regions and all ongoing activities, realize technical measures, organize trainings, monitoring, and the evaluations of projects, and the regional exchange between local experts.

Our regional offices

 Africa  –  South Asia – Southeast Asia – Las Américas – West and Central Asia 


The challenges of the future are huge; more and more people in growing cities and settlements will need access to basic services. Therefore BORDA cooperates with numerous actors on different levels for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Depending on country and local circumstances, BORDA collaborates with international organizations and networks, national ministries, private enterprises, municipalities, service providers, universities, the civil population and communities.

BORDA cooperates with

research institutes and universities which are active on similar areas and collaborate with BORDA to support several projects by research. Those cooperation partners are, among others, the University of Dresden, eawag Sandec, the University of Applied Sciences Bremen and the Institute for Sustainable Futures Sydney.

BORDA is active in the following networks:

weltwärts Bremen, DWA, EUWI, Forum UE, German WASH-Netzwerk, German Water Partnership, Global Wastewater Initiative GW2I, International Water Association (IWA), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SW4A

BORDA’s financial partners are

among others the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the East Asian Association Bremen, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Organisations of the United Nations (UNICEF, UNDP, UNEP, UNHABITAT), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union (EU).