Our Work in Southeast Asia

BORDA Southeast Asia is committed to supporting flexible, polycentric models of urban development and water-related municipal services
Frank Fladerer
Director Southeast Asia

BORDA (Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association) is a civil society expert organization founded in 1977 by representatives of the public sector, the business community, civil society and academia to strengthen development cooperation at the municipality level.

The aim of BORDA’s activities is to enable all people to establish lives in healthy and liveable environments. To that end, we are a development and implementation partner for:

  • municipalities and local, provincial and national governments
  • community-based groups and civil society organisations
  • expert institutions and associations in the water and sanitation sectors
  • academic institutions
  • bilateral and multilateral agencies for international / development cooperation

BORDA in Southeast Asia

BORDA’s engagement in Southeast Asia began in 1985, when BORDA Germany collaborated with the city of Jakarta to establish liveable housing at Jakarta’s Museum Port. BORDA has since established offices in six countries across Southeast Asia (SEA) and supported more than 370 SEA projects through its regional office in Indonesia.

In 2017 BORDA and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) established the Regenerative Sanitation Hub in Thailand. Also in 2017, BORDA backed the creation of the international city alliance “People-Sanitation-Cities”, a new kind of partnership for the joint implementation of an integrated approach to urban water management and liveable cities.

With the aim of promoting the development of water-sensitive, liveable and inclusive cities and human settlements, we support:

  • the localisation of Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda;
  • the development of comprehensive sanitation services, especially for disadvantaged groups, through the promotion of holistic solutions;
  • the establishment of cross-sectoral management of urban and peri-urban water resources through integrated urban development; and
  • the strengthening of the climate resilience of urban and peri-urban spaces.

Our Approach

In Southeast Asia, BORDA actively coordinates and cooperates with partners and selected cities to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda through the application of our Integrated Sanitation Approach. This approach provides tailor-made system solutions for the management of urban water resources in specific areas of partner cities.

Local-level solutions: We support our partners in developing and implementing solutions at the local level that can serve as national and regional models for establishing water-sensitive, liveable and inclusive cities.

Municipal decision-making: We support participative municipal decision-making processes in their technical, urban planning, social and budgetary dimensions.

Worldwide expertise: Through our worldwide network of professional institutions and partner organisations, we make global expertise available to stakeholders at local, regional and national levels.

Global political processes: Together with our partners, we contribute to the professional decision-making and agenda-setting of global political processes.

BORDA Worldwide

Our headquarters in Bremen, Germany coordinates regional offices in Tanzania (Africa), India (South Asia), Jordan (West and Central Asia), Thailand (Southeast Asia), and Mexico (Las Américas). BORDA is active in 20+ countries around the world.

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