SFD week 2020

UPDATE: CSE Knowledge Conclave-SFD Week 2020 dated April 1-3, 2020 is now postponed to October 7-9, 2020

We are pleased to announce that under the aegis of School of Water and Waste (SWW), CSE in collaboration with GIZ, Water Research Commission (WRC), South Africa, WaterAid and University of Leeds are organising the second round of knowledge conclave titled 'SFD Week 2020’ from 7-9 October 2020. The conclave is supported by key international (SuSanA, IWA, FSMA), national sector players, central and state government agencies. This initiative is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The week gets its name from the  Shit Flow Diagrams (SFDs),which visually represent what happens to human excreta, tracing its journey from cradle to re-use. Globally, this advocacy tool has helped more than 84 cities in understanding the improvements required across their sanitation chains.

  • Last date for submission of abstract (paper/poster): August 07, 2020. 
  • Confirmation of acceptance of abstract: August 14 , 2020.
  • Last date to register: August  17, 2020.
  • Confirmation of registration to attend: August 18, 2020.

If you are interested to attend SFD Week 2020: Click here

If you are intersted to attend training on how to make SFD: Click here

Submit your abstract to sww-aaeti@cseindia.org (Format for Abstract ) by due date in following themes:

1) Mapping excreta: Role of SFDs in monitoring progress and better sanitation planning
2) Regulation around excreta management at National, State and City level
3) Technologies in Non Sewered Sanitation
4) Business models for sustainable FSSM
5) Treatment for promoting reuse
6) Forum of cities that manage septage



As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries.

The GIZ global sector program on sustainable sanitation, located in GIZ Headquarter in Germany and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, hosts the secretariat and platform of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), which entails the secretariat of the global SFD Promotion Initiative and the SFD PI Webportal. GIZ has been part of forming the SFD PI as a strategic partner and has since then been part of its steering committee and holding its secretariat function. More…

WaterAid is an international non-governmental organisation, focused on water, sanitation and hygiene, ope ates in 34 countries. It was set up in 1981 as a response to the UN International Drinking Water decade (1981-1990). Activities involve providing people with clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene behaviour change, and advocacy with governments and water utilities. In last decade WaterAid Bangladesh and CSE have been working together on topics like water sensitive urban design, sustainable sanitation including faecal sludge management etc. More…

Water Research Commission
WRC was established in 1971, following a period of serious water shortage in South Africa. There was no research co-ordination and an apparent neglect of some key research fields. In addition, there was little strategic direction or leadership that would provide for the identification of priority areas or appropriate technology transfer. It was to address these issues, that the WRC was established. It was deemed to be of national importance to generate new knowledge and to promote the country's water research purposefully, owing to the view held that water would be one of South Africa's most limiting factors in the 21st century. WRC and CSE have been working together for last four years in the field of excreta management using tools like shit flow diagram, water sensitive urban design including decentralised wastewater treatment systems so on and so forth. More…

University of Leeds
The University, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. Renowned globally for the quality of teaching and research. It is one of the top ten universities for the research power in the UK. The university, as part of the SFD promotion initiative, played a vital role in developing and improving the graphic generator (tool used to develop shit flow diagram), SFD manual including methodology and glossary. More…

About SFD Week 2019

Over three days, AAETI at Neemli, Rajasthan, was home to 140 professionals discussing how to implement best management practices across the sanitation chain for both wastewater and FS management. The week saw a mix of globally distinguished academic scholars, independent consultants, government officials, and non-government professionals. These include Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director at International Water Association (IWA); Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of Water Research Commission, South Africa, Madhu Krishna, country lead (water, sanitation and hygiene), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-India; and Sunita Narain, director general, CSE More…

For more information on agenda, workshops, oral and poster presentations, registration process, exhibition, side events contact coordinators


Bhitush Luthra
Programme Manager 
Mahreen Matto
Programme Manager  
Suresh Kumar Rohilla 
Senior Director Water & Academic Director
School of Water and Waste-AAETI 


Tentative Agenda of Conclave
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SFD 2020 Brochure
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School of Water and Waste (SWW)
Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute
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Route Map for AAETI, Neemli, Rajasthan
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Managing Septage in
Cities of Uttar Pradesh
Assessment of
Excreta Management
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Web based tools
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