SFD (Shit Flow Diagram) Promotion Initiative

2014 - 2018 • GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)


To continue development of an easy-to-understand advocacy, decision and monitoring tool - Shit Flow Diagrams


The “SFD Promotion Initiative” is developing and promoting standardised tools for excreta flow analysis to inform urban sanitation programming. These tools build on the service delivery assessment and faecal waste flow diagrams (or Shit Flow Diagrams, SFDs) developed by the World Bank – Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). SFD is a visualisation tool that shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation value chain.


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Establish SFD as a widely recognised 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.
It is a relevant tool for advocacy and has the potential to trigger further and sustainable action when produced within the context of a project or a program and linked to planned investments

Further information

The medium to long-term objective of the joint Promotion Initiative is a vibrant, interactive website that allows the independent development and upload of SFDs and wider elements of assessing the current status of sanitation services by interested city-stakeholders worldwide. Refined and tested manuals and software will make the open access tool applicable globally. The first phase (2014-2015) lays the foundations for the international roll out. Priorities are the development and refinement of the necessary tools as well as implementation procedures, quality checks and contextual research. Phase 2 (2015-2018) of this project aims at working closely with interested city stakeholders worldwide to ease the production of SFDs and build their capacity to understand complex urban sanitation problems through this tool.

Contact information

Cecilia Rodrigues
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Afghanistan Asia & Pacific Bangladesh Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bolivia Burkina Faso Cameroon Capacity development Cities Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Ethiopia Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia Faecal sludge treatment processes Ghana Global Government-owned entity (not university or research) Haiti India Indonesia Journalists Kenya Latin America & Caribbean Malawi Nepal Niger Peru Political processes and institutional aspects Politicians and local decision makers Practitioners Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Senegal South Africa South Sudan Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Uganda Urban (entire city) Viet nam


GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (formally known as GTZ: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit) is a federally owned organisation. It works worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Their mandate is to support the German Government in achieving its development objectives. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.

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