Online course on Preparation of Shit Flow Diagram, 2019 - 03 to 30 June 2019


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Online course on Preparation of Shit Flow Diagram, 2019 - 03 to 30 June 2019

The School fo Water and Waste of CSE is conducting a month-long online course on preparation of Shit Flow Diagram (SFD). To apply for the course, visit

Starting form: June 03, 2019
Course duration: Four weeks
Course load: 8 hours per week
Last date to apply: May 24, 2019

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

Scholarships available !!!

About the course

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. It is a widely recognized advocacy and decision support tool, which has the potential to shift the focus of attention, money and activities towards effective and inclusive urban sanitation and more efficient investments, thereby, improving the situation of all urban residents and environment.To know more about SFDs, visit

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.


1) One year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after enrollment
2) Top 10 students will get 50% refund of fee
3) The authors of best five reviewed reports will get a fellowship to attend international conclave (SFD WEEK) on sanitation at AAETI

Course structure

Week 1
Modules 1: Introduction to SFD
1.1 Introduction to SFD
1.2 Application of SFD

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

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

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

Enrollment process

Step 1: The first step to join the course is to register by submitting the application (
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

Course contact

Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Academic Director
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Bhitush Luthra
Program Manager
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Anil Yadav
Senior Research Associate
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Anil Yadav
Senior Research Associate
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
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