Through working with stakeholders in cities and towns around the globe, we have gained experience in producing SFDs. With this expertise, we have updated the draft versions of the guidance documents. Together with the SFD Graphic Generator (online and offline versions available), these shall enable you to prepare an SFD for your location.

The SFD Manual – Volume 1 and 2 – describes the process followed within the SFD Promotion Initiative (SFD PI) for the production of SFD Graphics and Reports, and includes guidance on how to use the SFD Graphic Generator.  Volume 1 of this Manual is a guide for the data collection and analysis and should be read in conjunction with the accompanying Volume 2.

The SFD Manual – Volume 2 – includes four parts:

. The Volume 2 includes:

  • Part A - Master SFD Graphic

  • Part B - Definitions of SFD Graphic Variables

  • Part C - Definitions of Terms

  • Part D - Sanitation Containment System: SFD Schematics

Download of SFD Manual - Volume 1 and 2 from the SuSanA Library


1. Easy start with the SFD Graphic Generator

2. The recording of the webinar (January 2017) provides you additional information on how to develop an SFD using the existing tools and how to request support from the SFD Helpdesk: 


Download of SFD Manual - Volume 1 and 2 from the SuSanA Library

Download the offline SFD Graphic Generator here: For Windows ; For Mac


The SFD Promotion Initiative has produced all these documents. In case you spot any inconsistency, we will be glad to receive your feedback - sfd(at) 


  • New SFD Report available from Tikapur, Nepal

    Find out more on the sanitation practices in Tikapur:

    98% on-site sanitation technologies (pit latrines, septic tanks, biogas digesters)

    2%  open defecation

  • 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!

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