Shit Flow Diagram: Proven Tool for SDG 6.2 Data Management

UCLG ASPAC, under the framework of the Municipalities Network Advocacy on Sanitation in South Asia (MuNASS) Project and in collaboration with the Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN), Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB), and technical partners Environment and Public Health Organisation (ENPHO), has supported the national level authorities with the promotion of Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) among cities and its development. SFD is an essential tool as it helps minimising the data gap of Safe Sanitation under SDG 6.2 for better decision-making on sanitation at the national level.

In Nepal, the idea has been well accepted by the national-level authorities. To date, the project has been supporting 65 cities in Nepal for city assessment and SFD development. Many relevant Publications have also been published through SuSaNA (the global platform for publishing SFD) and National Dashboards of the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation (DWSS) including SFD reports, Provincial Synopsis, City Synopsis, and SFD brochure. They have become widely known to stakeholders, highly recognised, and appreciated as baseline documents for further City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) plans by respective cities. There are also a large number of city leaders becoming the ambassadors of CWIS in Nepal.

In Bangladesh, WaterAid and CWIS Support Cell in collaboration with MAB had developed 50 City assessment reports and SFDs which already have been published in the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) Dashboard.

SuSaNa has already published 31 reports from MuNASS-supporting cities for wider dissemination. By 2024, MuNASS will complete a total of 65 City Assessment Reports and SFDs.