Available courses

Introduction

The fate of excreta produced by urban populations across the globe is often poorly understood. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries with rapidly expanding cities, excreta management represents a growing challenge; generating significant negative public health and environmental risks.

Solving the sanitation crisis is, therefore, a challenge and opportunity in need of cross-sectoral communication, and facilitating such communication requires a new language and new communication tools. One of the tools used to inform stakeholders from a range of backgrounds on citywide sanitation conditions is known colloquially as the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD), which often form a crucial basis for discussion among a wide range of urban agencies on future steps towards better urban sanitation for all. 

SFD (excreta flow diagram) is a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand graphic, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation chain. SFDs are increasingly being used to analyze the sanitation situation in urban areas.

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The online course 

The e-course will provide hand on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns and cities. The course will give you the necessary knowledge to describe what an SFD could be used for, prepare your own SFD and use the tools and methods used for preparation of SFD graphic and report.

Aim of course

To provide hands on experience to participants on how to prepare SFD for towns and cities.

Target audience

This training is intended for anyone who wishes to prepare an SFD report for a town or a city. Whether you are working for a local, regional or national government, an NGO, a University, or if you are just interested in learning more about SFDs, this training is for you.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of SFDs as advocacy, monitoring and planning tool
  • Acquaintance with the methodology of data collection and analysis
  • Enhanced knowledge on terms, jargons and variables used in the sanitation value chain
  • Hands on experience on using graphic generator to develop SFD

The SFD Promotion Initiative

The main objective of the SFD Promotion Initiative is to continue further development of the SFD approach. This approach includes standardized guidance – a methodology and tools - for the easy production of standardized SFDs, backed by a description of information sources and the enabling environment in the city concerned. 

The Steering Committee of the SFD Promotion Initiative consists of representatives from the six partner organizations –GIZWSPEAWAGUoLWEDC, and CSE. Regular monthly meetings of the Steering Committee allow for a close exchange on progress and results, ideas and experiences.


Aim of the Course

The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management system. 

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

Have an understanding of the treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM, and how they interact

Comprehend the importance of proper sludge characterisation for optimal collection and transport, treatment and reuse

Apply engineering fundamentals to design systems for management and treatment of faecal sludge

Learn about state of the art advocacy tools like Shit Flow Diagram

Place FSM in an urban sanitation context for sustainable and feasible planning of FSM systems


Course

This is the Second e-learning course dedicated to faecal sludge management. It compiles the current state of knowledge of this rapidly evolving field and presents an integrated approach that includes technology, management and planning. It addresses the planning and organization of the entire faecal sludge management service chain, from the collection and transport of sludge and its treatment options, to the final end use or disposal of treated sludge.


Participant's Benefits

On successful enrolment

>> One year free subscription to CSE’s fortnightly magazine Down To Earth

>> Become member of Global FSM e-learning Alliance

Top 20 participants will get 50% refund of fees

Top 5 participants will get chance to participate in CSE workshop


Global e-learning Alliance

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.


Partners

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.