BORDA in Indonesia

Translating decades of decentralised water & sanitation projects into an Integrated Sanitation Approach for managing urban water resources
David Dietz
Country Director

BORDA has been active in Indonesia for more than 30 years, beginning in 1988 with integrated rural and urban development projects in partnership with Indonesian NGOs. These projects were directly linked to local self-help groups and focused initially on income-generating programmes, local institution-building, clean-water supply, renewable energy (biogas), and improvement of private sanitation facilities.

Foundation: Decentralised Sanitation Solutions

> Large-scale, long-term faecal sludge treatment

In response to the December 2004 tsunami that devastated Banda Aceh, BORDA and its partners in 2006 designed and supervised the construction of a faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP) financed by UNICEF for the city of Banda Aceh to provide post-disaster large-scale sanitation. Connected with pits and tanks via decentralised emptying services, the FSTP serves more than 250,000 people and has been well operated and maintained for more than 10 years by Banda Aceh’s Environment Agency.

> Nationwide DEWATS and CBS dissemination

Across Indonesia, BORDA and its local partners have implemented more than 900 systems for decentralised wastewater treatment (DEWATS) and community based sanitation (CBS).

BORDA and its partners have implemented 13,000 decentralised wastewater treatment systems in Indonesia within the framework of various investment programmes (government funds supplemented by contributions from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank)

Our DEWATS and CBS projects support municipalities, communities, institutions, and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in planning, designing and constructing effective, reliable, efficient and economical wastewater treatment systems that satisfy existing demand and local preferences.

BORDA partner AKSANSI, an Indonesian umbrella association for community based organisations (CBOs), serves more than 1,800 CBOs, providing support for adequate operation and maintenance of community-based DEWATS as well as co-managing the post-implementation phase with local governments.

> Solid waste management

BORDA is increasing its involvement in community-based decentralised solid waste management (DESWAM). The focus is on climate change mitigation (Voluntary Emission Reduction - VER) through generating compost from organic waste.

Next: The Integrated Sanitation Approach

Following the successful and far advanced implementation of the CBS approach, BORDA's focus is now shifting to the Integrated Sanitation Approach, which aligns with the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and which will support cities and municipalities in localising global goals and operationalising new concepts in the management of urban water resources.

On the Ground in Indonesia - Our Projects

24 September 2018

Community based management of solid waste for climate change mitigation in Indonesia

The Gold Standard certified KIPRAH VER programme: BORDA and its Indonesian partners have developed the solid waste management programme KIPRAH (kita-pro-sampah = we-pro-waste) along with a special composting technique for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
22 September 2018

Going nationwide: spreading community based sanitation in Indonesia

BORDA is working with the Indonesian National Planning Authority to provide sustainable access to wastewater management related essential public services for communities in urban and peri-urban areas

Our Partners

AKSANSI (Association of Community Based Organisations on Sanitation in Indonesia) NGO partner
BEST (Institute for Integrated Economic and Social Development) NGO partner
LPTP (Foundation for the Development of Rural Technologies) NGO partner
Ministry of Public Works (Directorate of Environment and Sanitation Development) main government partner
District of Sleman implementing the Integrated Sanitation Approach
City of Bitung implementing the Integrated Sanitation Approach
City of South Tangerang implementing the Integrated Sanitation Approach

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