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) 


  • 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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