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BORDA sets up small working groups to facilitate progress towards SDGs and New Urban Agenda

BORDA Southeast Asia (SEA) project activities are shaped by the demands of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Realising these goals at the local level requires significant and sustainable knowledge development. To that end, BORDA and its partners are engaged in an intensive, ongoing process of collating and further developing their expertise.

As part of a comprehensive documentation, knowledge exchange and knowledge management initiative, BORDA SEA in September 2017 set up small working groups (SWGs) to focus on individual components of the Integrated Sanitation Approach. Group members include BORDA staff and representatives from our partner organisations.

In a two-day session on 5-6 September 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, BORDA SEA Technical Coordinator Prawisti Ekasanti led the FSM group in setting up a work plan and defining related activities. Maintaining the momentum, BORDA SEA held an all-group meeting in October 2018 to discuss and develop key considerations for each SWG.

More About the Small Working Groups

BORDA SEA small working groups are set up to develop each component of the Integrated Sanitation Approach:

  • decentralised wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS), septic tanks, faecal sludge management (FSM), supernatants, decentralised solid waste management (DESWAM)
  • regulations & policies, operation & maintenance (O&M), capacity building
  • monitoring & evaluation (M&E)
  • reuse

The working groups are tasked with:

  • Standardising instruments, methods and modules as a basis for the implementation of system solutions in Southeast Asian project cities. This process begins with compiling then reviewing, revising and further developing existing SEA and country-specific instruments, methods and modules, lessons learnt, and good & best practices. SWGs can then develop SEA standards, support the development of country-specific standards, and assess further needs.
  • Developing concepts, designs and training modules as preparation for pilot projects
  • Supporting on demand the (further) development of system solutions according to the specific needs of project cities

Making progress towards refining the Integrated Sanitation Approach, the BORDA-led FSM Small Working Group met on 5-6 September 2018 in Bangkok to set up a work plan and define related activities

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