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 initiative aims to test the approach in 50 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America and, for the benefit of sanitation practitioners, decision-makers and civil society across the globe, will disseminate the results widely via the SuSanA platform. The initiative is being managed by GIZ under the umbrella of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). Since November 2014, GIZ has been supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through a one year start-up grant to promote the initiative. Further roll out and improvement of SFDs beyond this first year is already being planned.



Steering Committee

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

Roles and Responsibilities of the Steering Committee include:

  • To provide overall strategic orientation for the initiative
  • Formally adopting materials produced by the initiative
  • Review of SFDs
  • Deciding on critical issues concerning implementation
  • Conceptualizing the scaling up plan for global roll-out of SFDs
  • Arbitration in case of conflict



Partners of the SFD Promotion Initiative

  • Material of the Question & Answer session available

    Any questions about SFDs? Watch our recent Q&A session about SFDs 

    1. Presentation: The SFD Manual - a guide to content and process

    2. Presentation: The SFD Review Procedure

    3. Presentation: The SFD Helpdesk

  • Presentations about SFDs in Africa and Indonesia

    Watch the presentation with voice on SFDs in Africa and Indonesia

    1. SFDs in Africa: From Visualization to Action

    2. How the Government of Indonesia is using the SFD

  • Global call for SFDs – Nov. – Dec. 2017

    Where are you standing in the SFD process? 

    We would like to offer you extra support, so you can either start preparing or complete your SFD and have it ready to be used for your purpose.

    Submit your SFD until December, 15th 2017!

  • SFD: The Indonesian Case (video)

    Watch the video (full version) on how the SFD was introduced in Indonesia and why the Indonesian government sees it as a useful tool to improve urban sanitation!

  • SFD Offline Graphic Generator

    You can now download SFD offline Graphic Generators for Windows and Mac.

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