Discover the SFDs of 4 different cities in the United States of America: Cape Cod, King CountySt. Louis and Madison

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.

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

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

Read its new SFD Report!

Find out more on the sanitation practices in Tikapur:

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

2%  open defecation

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

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

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!

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!

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

Check out the latest developments of SFD Promotion Initiative on the SuSanA Forum

SFD Manual (version 2.0) along with offline Graphic Generator now available.


Dear SFD enthusiast,

Have you ever wondered how it would be to prepare an SFD? Have you started preparing your own SFDs using the SFD Graphic Generator? Or have you completed an SFD? Where do you stand?

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 in your processes.

Besides the continuous support offered by the SFD Helpdesk, during a one-month period we are providing additional effort to review and provide you with feedback on your work. This also includes a live Q&A session on December 4th, 2017. This session is the opportunity for you to profit from expertise in the SFD team and receive detailed input to your SFD. 

We would therefore like to encourage you to submit your SFD to the Review Procedure during this time, as it:

  • offers you the possibility for having your work reviewed by peers, whose feedback can enhance the quality of its results;
  • ensures that SFD graphics and reports meet some basic criteria and are of high quality, and
  • enables you to have your SFD published on the SFD Portal, contributing to the better understanding of excreta management worldwide (

We are now providing an additional format to the three levels of SFD reporting explained in detail in the SFD Manual: the SFD Lite. The SFD Lite is a simplified reporting template that summarises just the key information underlying your SFD graphic.

The SFD team will be reviewing SFD reports submitted either by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the SFD Helpdesk (submit an SFD online). So that we can review your work effectively and efficiently, we need to receive:

  • a draft SFD report using any of the SFD levels: Lite, initial, intermediate or comprehensive
  • SFD data as a json file (produced with the SFD Graphic Generator)
  • SFD Source Evaluation Tool
  • User’s check-list

Deadline for submission of reports within this extra period of review and feedback is December 15th, 2017.

Authors are encouraged to visit, where templates, guiding documents and reference material can be found, including:

We look forward to hearing from you,

SFD PI team.




Meet the SFD Promotion Initiative at the World Water Week 2017! 

Do you know what Shit Flow Diagrams are? Meet the SFD Promotion Initiative at WWW!

The SFD Promotion Initiative will be offering 1-hour slots every day at the SuSanA booth (no.44) throughout the week. You are welcome to stop by, share your ideas, learn more about the SFD Graphic Generator, get inspired by the most recent experiences using SFDs in Asia, Africa and Latin America and ask the SFD PI any question you might have.


SFD Exchange at the SuSanA booth

Sunday, 27 August: 11:00 - 12:00 

Monday, 28 August: 13:00 - 14:00 

Tuesday, 29 August: 10:00 - 11:00  and 14:00 - 15:00

Wednesday, 30 August: 14:00 - 15:00  

Thursday, 31 August: 10:30 - 11:30  

Friday, 1 September: 10:30 - 11:30  

Download the SFD flyer here!