Shit Flow Diagrams

March 2018

Safe water and adequate sanitation are indispensable for healthy ecosystems, reducing poverty, and achieving inclusive growth, social well-being and sustainable livelihoods .

  • 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services (toilets, latrines)
  • Nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases
  • By 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas
  • 95 per cent of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in the developing world
  • Rapid urbanisation is exerting pressure on […] sewage, the living environment, and public health.

A first step towards providing adequate sanitation services in urban areas is to monitor the sanitation service chain, to identify its strengths and weaknesses, from containment, including emptying, transport, treatment and safe disposal or resource recovery.

Shit Flow Diagrams can help achieve this by offering a new and innovative way to engage sanitation experts, political leaders and civil society in coordinated discussions about excreta management in their city.

This great website provides guidance on:

  • How to make a shit flow diagram (SFD)
  • The SFD manual
  • FAQs
  • Online training
  • Resources

Additional details

PublisherSustainable Sanitation Alliance
ThemesSanitation value chain, Sustainability and safely managed sanitation
ApproachesSmall town approaches

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