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Sfd Promotion Initiative

Work Overview

An excreta flow diagram (also often described as shit flow diagram, SFD) is a tool to readily understand and communicate how excreta physically flows through a city or town. For more info on SFD and the SFD promotion initiative visit During the first two phases of the SFD promotion initiative, CSE was closely working with SFD PI partners (BMGF, EAWAG, GIZ, University of Leeds, WEDC, World Bank) to develop tools and methods for the production of SFDs and refinement based on feedback received from sector practitioners. As part of the SFD Phase 1 & 2 grants, CSE prepared more than 100 SFDs (65 + 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.

Regional Conclave cum Workshop on Excreta Management Mainstreaming SFD and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment in Urban Sanitation Programme

Date: June 28-29, 2016 Venue: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Regional Conclave on Excreta Management - Mainstreaming Sewage and Septage Flow Diagrams (SFDs) was conducted on June 28, 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. CSE, Water Programme through this sensitization workshop aimed to develop SFD for their cities that are intended to use it as a planning tool to improve or prepare the City Sanitation plan, or to be able to have suitable interventions to improve sanitation situation. . 

International Capacity Building Workshop on "Make your own excreta flow diagram (Shit Flow Diagram-SFD)" at Kumasi, Ghana

Date:  July 14, 2016 Venue: Kumasi, Ghana Language: English Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with other project partners  (GIZ, WEDC/Loughborough University, University of Leeds, Eawag/Sandec, World Bank and SuSanA) is organizing one day capacity building workshop on “Make your own excreta flow diagram (Shit Flow Diagram -SFD) during the WEDC conference from 11th to 15th July 2016. For more details about the conference visit