Recently conducted 'SFD Week - Designing and Implementing Sustainable Sanitation for All'. A three-day conclave on sanitation, imparting knowledge on the importance of mapping faecal sludge, how SFDs done so far, have resulted in achieving advocacy and to learn from experiences and help cities move beyond open defecation free (ODF) for citywide sanitation. The conclave was supported by International Water Association (IWA), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance (NFSSM). 

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