CSE-WRC Online Training of Trainers (ToT) on Preparation of Shit Flow Diagram (SFD)

Date: October 12 - 21, 2021
Part A (Online): 12 -26 October, 2021 | 12 hours
Part B (Virtual): 18 – 21 October, 2021| 12 hours
Platform: Moodle and Zoom
Language: English

Participation by Invitation only


CSE is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi, India. The Centre researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable. CSE also assists Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India as a Centre of Excellence in the area of sustainable urban water management.

WRC, South Africa aims to generate new knowledge and to promote the country’s water research purposefully. It actively contributes to South Africa’s water knowledge base by funding fundamental water research, growing scientific capacity and disseminating knowledge to important stakeholders through various formats.

Mapping excreta of a city is increasingly being used to analyse the sanitation in urban areas. An excreta flow diagram (also often described as shit flow diagram), can help to achieve this by offering a new and innovative way to engage sanitation experts, political leaders and civil society in coordinated discussions about excreta management in their city. For more info on SFD and the SFD promotion initiative visit https://sfd.susana.org/. With more than 100 SFDs CSE has made a considerable contribution to support the production and review of good-quality SFDs as well as help train practitioners. 

The training programme would consist of two parts – adult learning, context setting and introduction (online platform) and hands-on practice using mock exercises during virtual sessions. The programme is based on state-of-the-art teaching – learning tools consisting of interactive sessions, going through relevant reading material, documentaries, experiential learning using detailed case studies and working in groups.

Course Aim and Objectives

To equip practitioners, managers, regulators and academicians to develop capacity of local stakeholders in using the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) Tool for research, advocacy using SFD Tool. The course objectives are:

  • To expose participants on adult learning methods such as Harvard Case Method, etc.
  • To expose participants on preparation of Modules, and use of online and offline tools for capacity building programmes
  • To equip participants with using the SFD tool for preparing the SFD graphic for research and advocacy for sustainable sanitation practices

Training coordinators


South Africa

Dhruv Pasricha
Programme Officer, Urban Water Unit
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India
Email: dhruv.pasricha@cseindia.org

Dr Sudhir Pillay
Research Manager: Sanitation
Water Research Commission, South Africa
Email: sudhirp@wrc.org.za

For more information, contact the following:


South Africa

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director, School of Water and Waste - AAETI, CSE, India
Email: srohilla@cseindia.org

Jay Bhagwan
Executive Manager: Water and Wastewater
Water Research Commission, South Africa
Email: jayb@wrc.org.za




Programme Design
Part A – Online (12 – 26 October, 2021)
Part A of the course will be conducted on the CSE Moodle Platform, and it demands a total of 12 hours across 10 days. Participants will be able to access their Moodle accounts at their own time. Part A will introduce Adult Learning methods, and also introduce the SFD tool and provide the context for the same. The materials include PPTs, videos, articles and blogs.
Part B – Virtual (18 – 21 October, 2021)
Part B will be conducted on the Zoom Platform with virtual sessions by CSE and WRC trainers. The sessions are scheduled from 18 – 21 October, 2021 with a total of 12 hours of virtual sessions. The sessions will provide a reflection of Part A, and focus on using SFD for gap-analysis of sanitation infrastructure across the sanitation value chain. The sessions will also include preparation of various levels of SFD reports. The sessions will be conducted using PPTs and group exercises will be conducted using Breakout Rooms.