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

June 15, 2018

The four weeks course will provide hands on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns/cities.

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. To know more about sfds, click here

The online course 

The e-course will provide hand on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns and cities. The course will give you the necessary knowledge to describe what an SFD could be used for, prepare your own SFD and use the tools and methods used for preparation of SFD graphic and report. You can view a sample SFD report here.

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. 


  • One year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after enrolment
  • Top 10 students will get 50% refund of fees
  • Reviewed SFD reports prepared within two month will be published at global platform
  • The authors of best five reviewed reports will get full fellowship to attend one training at AAETI

Enrolment process

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

Step 2: Send your recent CV and a photograph at with subject line ‘Enrolment documents for online course on SFD ’.

Step 3: We will inform all candidates of the outcome of their application and scholarship via email at the end of June 2018. Please do not contact us seeking an earlier decision meanwhile.

Step 4: Online transaction by participants for payment of course fee

Step 5: We will send your login details to access the moodle platform


There is no separate application for the scholarship. Applicants will automatically be considered after submission of application form. We will inform you of the outcome if awarded.



Starting form: July 01, 2018

Course duration: Four weeks

Course load: 8 hours per week

Last date to apply: June 15, 2018

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

Scholarships available !!!

Applications are now closed



Course Director

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla

Course Coordinators

Bhitush Luthra

Anil Yadav