Decentralised Environmental Solutions

Decentralised Environmental Solutions is an NPO based in Durban that strives to promote self-sustainable community development through linking innovative environmental solutions to people’s livelihood strategies in South Africa. The main objectives of DES are to find, test and implement energy-efficient programmes which create resilience to climate change, sustain the functioning of ecosystems and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities.

DES is a partner on several BORDA projects, including the DEWATS project at Newlands Mashu; in addition DES assists with hosting visiting researchers.

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, or Eawag, is a world-leading aquatic research institute based in Zurich, Switzerland. Its research, which is driven by the needs of society, provides the basis for innovative approaches and technologies in the water sector. Through close collaboration with experts from industry, government and professional associations, Eawag plays an important bridging role between theory and practice, allowing new scientific insights to be rapidly implemented. Eawag is the primary partner on the VUNA project.

Khanyisa Projects is a Durban based organisation that seeks to empower citizens and customers through communication and education toward self-improvement, and sustainable community development. Khanyisa Projects has vast experience in the delivery of community development programmes, awareness programmes, skills training and public participation initiatives.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading centre for research and post graduate education in public and global health. LSHTM is a recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant on assessing the potential of modern biotechnology to deliver effective bio-additives for the intention of accelerating decomposition processes and extending the lifetime of pit latrines. PRG is assisting LSHTM with pit sampling and understanding pit decomposition processes in Durban. 

Partners in Development (Pty) Ltd (PID) offers consultancy, design, project management and construction services focussed primarily on developing communities, and in that sector on water supply, sanitation, roads and agricultural infrastructure in particular. 

PATH is an international health organisation that drives transformative innovation to save the lives of women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

 PATH is a research partner on the Menstrual Management and Sanitation Systems project, and contracted PRG to carry out lab work and to assist in sampling sanitation systems for evaluation.

The University of Maryland (UMD) is a high-ranking public university in Maryland, USA. In 2011, UMD Agricultural and Resource Economics professor, Dr. Vivian Hoffmann, received a BMGF grant to examine the interactions between menstrual management and sanitation systems. UMD partnered with PRG to conduct household based surveys in Durban on women’s menstrual management practices and their assessment of alternative menstrual management products.