Faecal Sludge Management

UNESCO-IHE Faecal Sludge Management

Target Audience

The course is designed for professionals who deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing faecal sludge for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas, in low income countries and beyond. A solid foundation in physics and chemistry is essential to follow this course; a good understanding of wastewater and its (biological) treatment will strongly support the understanding of the Module.


The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management (FSM) system.

Course structure:
Sub-course 1: Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
Sub-course 2: Technological Fundaments of Faecal Sludge Management
Sub-course 3: Collection and Transport of Faecal Sludge
Sub-course 4: Faecal Sludge Treatment Technologies
Sub-course 5: Management in Faecal Sludge Management
Sub-course 6: Non-technical Aspects of Faecal Sludge Management

Deadline IHE application: 22 December 2016 – 23.59 (CET)

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
– have an understanding of treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM;
– place FSM in a total urban water cycle approach;
– identify suitable treatment options for specific situations and locations;
– understand the mechanisms and designs of specific treatment technologies;
– communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers.