Centre for Science and Environment / University of Leeds

SFD – a tool to foster sustainable urban sanitation programming

Wednesday 26 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: FH 202
SFD for Dhaka, Bangladesh (Peal et al., 2014)

This event introduces the “SFD Promotion Initiative”, the SFD web portal and main features of the approaches used to develop the SFDs. The “SFD Promotion Initiative“ promotes tools for faecal waste flow analysis to inform urban sanitation programming. These tools build on the service delivery assessment (SDA) and faecal waste flow diagrams (or Shit Flow Diagrams, SFDs) developed by WSP. The main objective of the Initiative is the development and rollout of SFDs, backed by a service delivery context analysis and information on data sources in the city concerned. The Initiative currently tests this approach in 50 cities worldwide and will disseminate the results via a web portal on the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) platform.

The 1.5-hour event comprises four 15-minute slots with presentations by project partners and 30 minutes of facilitated discussion in small groups on key aspects of the Initiative, with an opportunity to raise questions and gather feedback. The presentations will cover:

  • Introduction of the SFD Promotion Initiative and the SuSanA-SFD web portal
  • What are SFDs and what are they made for?
  • How to produce SFDs? Data collection and analysis
  • SFDs as advocacy and decision-support tool in India


11:00 Welcome and launch of the SFD web portal

Arne Panesar, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

11:10 Introducing the SFD approach

Barbara Evans, University of Leeds

Isabel Blackett, World Bank - Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)

11:25 The production of SFDs

Linda Strande, Eawag

Lars Schoebitz, Eawag

Mike Smith, WEDC, Loughborough University, UK

11:40 SFD in action - Advocacy and decision-support tool in India

Suresh Kumar Rohilla, CSE New Delhi

11:55 Roundtable discussion

12:20  Closing remarks

Radu Ban, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation