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

  • Online course by CSE in July 2018

    The Centre for Science and Environment is launching an online course on the preparation of Shit Flow Diagrams (SFDs). You can find out more on their website and apply by June 10th.

  • SFD PI Update 7

    Live Q&A, training events, reports, publications... - Check out the latest developments of the SFD Promotion Initiative on the SuSanA Forum

  • New SFD Report available from Patna, India

    Check out how the city of Patna, located at the Southern banks of river Ganga, manages its sanitation!

    Read its new SFD Report!

  • 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

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