Online course on preparation of the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) - 2019

The fate of excreta produced by urban populations across the globe is often poorly understood. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries with rapidly expanding cities, excreta management represents a growing challenge; generating significant negative public health and environmental risks. 

Solving the sanitation crisis is, therefore, a challenge and opportunity in need of cross-sectoral communication, and facilitating such communication requires a new language and new communication tools.

One of the tools used to inform stakeholders from a range of backgrounds on citywide sanitation conditions is known colloquially as the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD), which often form a crucial basis for discussion among a wide range of urban agencies on future steps towards better urban sanitation for all. 

SFDs are a new and innovative way to engage sanitation experts, political leaders and civil society in coordinated discussions about excreta management in their city. It is a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand graphic, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation chain.

Target audience

This training is intended for anyone who wishes to prepare an SFD report for a town or a city. Whether you are working for a local, regional or national government, an NGO, a University, or if you are just interested in learning more about SFDs, this training is for you. We will guide you through the process, to introduce you to the definitions, tools and methods, using worked examples. 


  • One year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after enrollment
  • Top 10 students will get 50% refund of fee
  • The Authors of best five reviewed reports will get full fellowship to attend international conclave on sanitation at AAETI

Course structure


Topics Learning objectives
Week 1 Modules 1: Introduction to SFD
  • Introduction to SFD
  • Application of SFD
  • To understand what is SFD and its potential
  • To get acquainted with the applications of SFD worldwide

Week 2

Module 2: Understanding SFD
2.1 How to read SFD
2.2 SFD Manual - glossary
2.3 SFD report

  • To learn how to read and comprehend the SFD graphic and report
  • To get acquainted with terms and variable used
  • To get familiar with different levels of SFD
  • To understand the reporting template of different levels of SFD reports

Week 3

Module 3: Data collection and analyses
3.1 Identifying data required for SFD preparation
3.2 Methodology for data collection
3.3 Learnings from field – CSE experience
3.4 How to analyze data

  • To understand the data requirement and mapping of possible sources
  • To get acquainted with the methodology of data collection
  • To learn how to collect, sort and analyze the data

Week 4

Module 4: Make your own SFD
4.1 Introduction to the graphic generator
4.2 Step by step guide to use the graphic generator

  • To understand how to use the graphic generator for preparation of SFD

Enrolment process

Step 1: The first step to join the course is to register by submitting the APPLICATION FORM

Step 2: We will inform all candidates of the outcome of their applications and scholarships via email.  

Step 3: Online transaction by participants for payment of course fee.

Step 4: We will send your login details to access the moodle platform

To see last year's course feedback click here


Starting form: June 03, 2019

Course duration: Four weeks

Course load: 8 hours per week

Last date to apply:  May 15, 2019

Course Fee: 
Indian participants: Rs. 3,500/-
Overseas participants: USD 100

Scholarships available !!!




Suresh Kumar Rohilla

Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Academic Director

Bhitush Luthra

Bhitush Luthra
Program Manager


Anil Yadav
Senior Research Associate