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Topics in Category: Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams - SuSanA Forum Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:56:07 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management /media/kunena/images/icons/rss.png Topics in Category: Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams - SuSanA Forum en-gb Call for Proposals for "Country-wide Shit-Flow Diagram: Establishing National Excreta Flows in South Africa" (WRC) - closing date 31 July 2017 - by: SudhirPillay
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Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:43:10 +0200
SFD Promotion Initiative (SFD PI) - Project Updates (Shit Flow Diagrams) - by: arees
The SFD Promotion Initiative (SFD PI) would like to update you on our most recent activities and news.

Event reports

The SFD PI team were in Chennai, India in February attending FSM4. We would like to say a special thank you to all those who joined us at our workshop. It was encouraging to see so many SFDs in posters and presentations. Check out the SFD PI presentations from Barbara Evans on the Lessons learned from developing SFDs at scale and from Suresh Rohilla on Institutional Capacity Building of Ganga Basin Cities on the FSM4 website . Be sure to have a look at the compilation of case studies that is available on that website, in which SFDs have also been used.

University of Leeds supported a workshop in Nairobi on May 5th where[/instagram] the new SFD graphic generator was used in an interactive workshop with 30 people from Nairobi City Water, the County Government, Civil Society and Private Sector and a first draft of an SFD Graphic was produced for the city using the new generator. This was very successful. There will now be a three month consultation period, with two consultants provided by African Population and Health Research Council (with funding from BMGF) and Sanergy supporting the preparation of a full SFD including a Service Delivery Assessment. University of Leeds will continue to back stop this process.

Resources Updates

We are happy to announce that our first set of FAQs has been successfully uploaded to the SFD portal. You can visit the page at to find out what people have been asking us about SFDs!

The SFD PI has developed a review procedure with the aim of ensuring transparency and credibility of SFD Reports by evaluating the credibility of the sources used to develop the report. This process will allow authors to have their SFD Reports reviewed as a prerequisite for publishing the report to the SFD web portal. The document has been compiled and can be found in the SFD toolbox .


In May/June Oscar Veses will be in Babati, Tanzania to help prepare an SFD as part of a DFID SHARE research activity looking at sustainable urban sanitation, in partnership with WaterAid. After that he will travel to Kafue in Zambia to support them in preparing an SFD as a tool to explore equity and effective services as part of a REACH research initiative funded by the DFID REACH project in partnership with LSHTM.

In June UofL will support a series of capacity building workshops in Ethiopia in partnership with WaterAid and Yorkshire Water, working with secondary towns to review SFD reports and develop action plans for follow up improvements in service delivery. This will culminate in a national workshop in Addis Ababa. UofL will coordinate with Christ Heymans at the World Bank to see if this can contribute to the ongoing World Bank support to cities.

Version 2.0 of the SFD Graphic generator is now complete and will be made available online in the coming weeks.

We anticipate 5 new SFD Reports to be published on our website soon.

The SFD PI has been working hard to improve and update the SFD manual and a new version is close to finalization. This will soon be made available on the SFD portal.

Did you miss us at FSM4? Well not to worry, we’ll be hosting a Capacity Development Workshop at the 40th WEDC Conference in Loughborough, England on the 28th of July and hope you can make it! For more information on the conference please visit: .

Other Stuff

We are sad to announce the departure of Claire Furlong as part of the SFD PI team. Her contributions have been a great benefit to this team and, undeniably, she will be deeply missed here. We wish her all the best with her work at UNESCO-IHE!

Are you interested in joining the SFD PI team? WEDC are currently accepting applications for the position of Research Associate in Urban Sanitation. More information can be found here: .

You can also follow our latest news on Twitter @SFD_PI
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Kind regards

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Mon, 22 May 2017 11:10:01 +0200
SFD Frequently Asked Questions are now available! - by: alokanath
We have prepared a collection of some of the questions that we often receive and are happy to announce that the SFD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is now available on the SFD portal!

The FAQ provides answers regarding SFDs, how to create SFD Report, and generate SFD Graphic, including general information and guidelines.

You can visit the page here:

If you think that we have not answered all the relevant questions or we could add some more details, please feel free to share your comments and questions with us.

Best Regards

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:22:09 +0200
Looking for a consultant to undertake a Shit Flow Diagram Study in Zimbabwe - by: Munya
Looking foward to hear from you.

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Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:55:15 +0100
SuSanA webinar: 'How to make your own SFD graphic using the SFD online tools’ Wednesday, January 18th 2017 - recording - by: arno

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:50:25 +0100
Make your own Shit Flow Diagram Graphic! Online tool now available! - by: JKMakowka Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:06:29 +0100 Is anyone working on an SFD (shit flow diagram) for Addis Ababa in Ethiopia? - by: kengelly
This is fantastic, thank you so much! I know there is a lot happening in Addis, and I want to make sure that we are able to learn from the great work others have done! As far as I can tell, there isn't a formal SFD for Addis just yet but there is a lot of interest.

Daniel, I'll be sure to reach out Dorothee, thanks. Higu, I'll send an email in a moment.
In addition, I am sharing several resources that were shared with me via email in case others on the thread are similarly seeking resources on FSM for Ethiopia.

I'll be sure to share any updates we have, and if we start developing an SFD. Do reach out in the meantime if others have suggested contacts or findings!

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:53:27 +0100
Advice on SFDs (shit flow diagrams) and informal sanitation chain in informal settlements (e.g. Nairobi, Kenya and elsewhere) - by: leftyrights
I'm exploring where and how fecal waste flows in Nairobi's informal settlements, comparing 2 slums to capture some variations that may be missed in past SFDs (e.g., areas differing in their use of pit latrines, access to sewers, public toilets, or Sanergy's Fresh Life Toilets, and how disposal patterns vary during rainy season, at night etc.). I'm also interested in maintenance of toilets, with some gendered consideration of female/male residents who strive to keep these facilities clean. My aim is to reveal some of the spatial variations and informal practices that are often obscured SFDs, and I hope to map & explore these flows with local stakeholders like latrine-emptiers, community leaders, public toilet caretakers, etc. I plan to work with Kenya's slum-dweller federation, Muungano wa Wanavijiji, to build on their existing maps of toilets in these areas. In turn, I hope to generate some fine-grained information that may support future advocacy and behavior-change interventions.

If possible, can you recommend any publications, contacts, or projects that may be relevant? Here are some that I'm already aware of:
-SaniPath's recent work, including SuSanA videos from the 2016 SFD meeting in Stockholm
-the latest FSM work from WSP, which include SFDs with more detailed consideration of informal settlements' flows in Lima, Dhaka, etc.
-UBSUP in Kenya
-WSUP's project with emptiers in Kibera
-studies of 'modernized mixtures' in East African sanitation (by Letema, van Vliet etc.)
-work in Uganda on gender and sanitation maintenance (e.g. Kwiringira, J., et al. (2014). Gender variations in access, choice to use and cleaning of shared latrines; experiences from Kampala Slums, Uganda. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1.).

If you know of other publications or contacts I could draw upon, I'd be very grateful. I have limited resources so I won't be able to conduct household surveys, unfortunately. But I'd appreciate any tips about how to sharpen the study, complement existing work, or make it more useful to practitioners or policymakers.

Thank you and all the best!
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Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:58:54 +0100
SFD Exchange meeting in Stockholm - recording available - by: Anthony I finally made my way to the end of the YouTube livestream clip on the SFD exchange meeting in Stockholm. Whether you're an SFD-aficionado or not, I strongly recommend watching it, especially the discussions at about the 1 hour mark, and the 4 hour mark.
There are some excellent comments by SFD experts, too many to repeat here, but the main point, repeated again and again throughout the meeting, is that the SFD is an "overly-simplistic tool", by design, where the main objective is to "shock" decision-makers into a discussion on the sanitation problem in their cities, and open their minds as to the non-sewered sanitation paradigm, i.e. FSM.
The broad spectrum of collaborators and programs which use the SFD, or tools like it, is very encouraging, and I look forward to learning more about its use as the tool evolves in the years to come.
Thanks to everyone who was there, for such an open and stimulating discussion.
Best regards,
Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:00:58 +0200
SFD helpdesk now open! - by: SusanneBieker we are happy to announce that the SFD helpdek is now available online for all SuSanA members!
The helpdesk provides support for creating SFDs including general information and guidelines. The team behind is a pool of experts working for the partner organizations of the SFD Promotion Initiative.

The helpdesk is running as a beta version and we are very happy to receive your comments while testing the system.

You can login via , on the top right you find the login button.

Then just fill in your SuSanA login details and start.

Please feel free to give it a try and help us improving the SFD helpdesk and the overall approach!

Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:04:15 +0200
Learn how to make your own SFD at our workshop on 15/7/2016 (WEDC Conference in Kumasi, Ghana) - by: secretariat
we uploaded the presentation from the SFD workshop (WEDC Conference in Kumasi, Ghana) to our SFD resource page. The presentation gives information on

- The SFD Promotion Initiative
- What is an SFD?
- Methodology for data collection
- Terms and variables: a glossary
- SFD Calculation Tool
- Templates
- Quality Assurance / Quality Control
- Support available

You can find the presentation here:

Kind regards,

on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat
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Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:13:44 +0200
SFDs (shit flow diagrams): looking for comprehensive guideline on the methodology to achieve those diagrams - by: Lasse
I am happy to announce that the new SFD Graphic Converter Tool is now available online (draft version)! By pressing one button in the calculation sheet, the tool generates the diagram - no more need to drag-and-drop around arrows with PowerPoint! Three files will be generated: .json, .png and .pdf. If the generated diagram needs further editing, you can still do so with the also generated PowerPoint file.

The tool can be downloaded through the SFD Toolbox . As it is a draft version, we are happy to receive feedback either here on the forum or by mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are looking for support, the SFD Helpdesk is happy to help: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NOTE: Please keep the files included in the Converter Tool (.pptx and .xlsm) in one folder (for technical reasons).

Best regards,
Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:31:40 +0200
New SFDs online (shit flow diagrams - 18 reviewed reports from around the world) - by: PeterMeier There are already 24 reviewed SFD-Reports online!
You will find them here:

Have fun exploring the new information.

Kind regards,
Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:04:53 +0200
SFD (shit flow diagrams) - any plans for summary and comparison tables? - by: AParker Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Fri, 08 Apr 2016 07:42:49 +0200 SFD and SDG monitoring? (potential links between shit flow diagrams and Sustainable Development Goals monitoring) - by: Florian
after quite a while I had a look at the SFD portal and I'm quite impressed! A lot of work has been done meanwhile and its amazing to see how many cities are already covered.

One thing I wondered is how useful the method may be for monitoring the SDG goal 6.3 " By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.

On the first glance, it seems the SFDs cover well the part with the "proportion of untreated wastewater", while the "safe reuse" seems not yet to be included.

Of course the SFDs are for city level, not country level as needed for SDG monitoring, and they only cover domestic wastewater, not industrial. But still, the SFDs could be very useful for cities to measure how they are on track towards the SDGs... Or perhaps the SFDs could also be adapted for being used on country level?

So I wonder how much you have already thought about or put work into making the SFDs suitable to be a tool for SDG monitoring? How much do the details of the SFD methods match the definitions of the SDG indicators (which are of course also still work in progress, the current state of discussion here )?

Best regards,
Shit flow diagrams (SFDs) / Excreta flow diagrams Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:37:46 +0100