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BORDA embarks on new partnerships in Myanmar

Greeting: BORDA Myanmar Country Director (Mr. David Dietz) and Mandalay City Mayor (Dr. Ye Lwin)

BORDA Establishes Cooperation with the Mandalay City Development Committee and Mandalay Technological University

In March 2019, BORDA Myanmar conducted its first official mission to Mandalay, meeting with sanitation stakeholders from Mandalay’s municipal government to discuss the city’s urgent sanitation challenges. Participants included the mayor of Mandalay, heads of the city’s Water and Sanitation Department, and members of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC).

A key priority for the city is to find an intermediate solution for managing the sludge coming from residential latrines and septic tanks. Current service provision is partially unregulated, and treatment and discharge options are non-functioning or overloaded. Although there is a long-term plan to develop a centralised solution that would serve the entire city, it is uncertain when or if this plan will be implemented. Therefore, the city invited BORDA Myanmar to present alternative options that could improve the current situation.

As a result of the meeting, MCDC welcomed BORDA Myanmar to further elaborate on the implementation of a faecal sludge management (FSM) project, including an upgrade of the service delivery model and an implementation of a faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP).

In addition to the new governmental cooperation, BORDA Myanmar has also developed a promising relationship with Mandalay Technological University (MTU). During the March visit to Mandalay, the BORDA team met with the rector and professors from MTU, who had initially approached BORDA Myanmar to discuss solutions for on-campus wastewater management.

Seeing that a more comprehensive cooperation would be mutually beneficial, BORDA and MTU agreed to develop a capacity building program on wastewater management that would be integrated into the existing curricula and could accompany on-the-ground implementation.

In March 2019, BORDA Myanmar conducted its first official mission to Mandalay, establishing cooperation with the Mandalay City Development Committee and Mandalay Technological University

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