International Virtual Training Programme on Preparation of Shit Flow Diagram (SFD)


Course Completed

Date: September 21 -  October 2, 2020

Last date of Registration: September 16, 2020 

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.

Mapping excreta of a city is increasingly being used to analyze 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 .

With more than 100 SFDs (70 + in Ganga basin states & the rest for other cities in India) CSE has made a considerable contribution to support the production and review of good-quality SFDs as well as help train practitioners.  We are overwhelmed with the demand for SFD trainings. So, with the travel restrictions in place, we are pleased to announce the International Virtual Training Programme to cater to this demand.

The training programme would consist of two parts – context setting (online platform) and action learning (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.

Program Design

Part 1: Context-setting (Online Platform): 21st September to 29th September 2020
Setting the context on understanding need for SFDs, what is an SFD (graphic and report), evolution of SFDs and various application of SFDs. This module will be conducted through an e-learning platform, where participants will be provided with 8-10 hours (approx.) reading / audio-visual training material which they are expected to self-study. The platform will also allow participants and trainers to hold discussion threads where necessary.

Part 2: Action learning (Virtual Sessions): 30th September to 2nd October 2020

The three-day programme will be held virtually via online video-conferencing platform.

Day 1: How to read an SFD?  3 hours
(1.5 hr lecture, 1 hr group exercise and 0.5 hr QnA) 

Day 2: Methodology of Data Collection and Analysis. 3 hours
(1.5 hr lecture, 1 hr group exercise and 0.5 hr QnA) 

Day 3: Preparation of SFD graphic and report. 4 hours
(1 hr lecture, 2 hr group exercise, 1 hr discussion and QnA) 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand SFDs (graphic and report) and the history of their development
  • Understand the need for a standardized methodology
  • Understand the available tool including their context, range and how to use them
  • Use the developed tools to go through a worked example
  • Understand the support available to enable the development of SFD for their city
  • Prepare SFDs for their towns and cities 

For more information contact

Course Director

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director
School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute

Course Coordinators 

Bhitush Luthra
Programme Manager, Water Programme

Dr Sumita Singhal
Deputy Programme Manager, Water Programme




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Target Group
Decision makers, implementers, planners, engineers and other water and sanitation professionals working with consultancies, non-profits, government departments & agencies, research institutions and academic centres.
Training Fee
For international participants: $100
For national participants: INR 3,500