2iE in partnership with UNESCO-IHE organizes an international online course on faecal sludge management

Themes :



More than a billion people from the urban and sub-urban areas in Africa, Latin-America and Asia are served by onsite sanitation technologies. Most of these technologies neglect the treatment of sludge management which is why sludge management must be improved. The issue of funding is often brought about and autonomous sanitation systems are perceived like temporary solutions while awaiting the implementation of centralized systems. However, autonomous systems seem to be there for a long time. Therefore, a good management of the sludge produced by these autonomous systems is required to lessen the health and environmental risks.

The Faecal Sludge Management Online Course (FSM OC) is initiated by UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands and implemented with worldwide partners: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology/Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (EAWAG/SANDEC), Switzerland – Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand – Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh – University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa – Five Hundred B Solutions, Nepal – Center for Science and Environment (CSE), India – International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), Burkina Faso. The set-up of this project is funded by the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.

The GLOBAL FAECAL SLUDGE MANAGEMENT e-LEARNING ALLIANCE is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through e-learning means, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance – the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.



Build the capacities of decision-makers, organizations and operators in developing countries to manage faecal sludge efficiently through a high level international training session.

Training 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; and
•    Communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers.

Candidate profile

•    License in Water and Sanitation or equivalent and wishing to specialize in sludge management
•    Professional in the field of Faecal Sludge planning, management, collect and transport, treatment or promoting in developing countries (Government or municipalities staff, water and sanitation departments or services, NGOs, etc.) Having prior knowledge on waste water treatment would help grasping the materials of this course
•    Good command of written English, particularly the technical terms related to water and sanitation (90% of tools are in English)
•    Good command of IT tools and internet


The set‐up of the online course FSM will be based on 3 major items: Theory based on the FSM book, case studies, and innovations taken from current research.
The training will be based on three aspects of FSM which form the three Course Units.


Course Unit



Fundamentals of Faecal Sludge Management

Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management

1.1. General introduction

1.2. Introduction to the course

Technological fundamentals of Faecal Sludge Management

2.1. Characterization of FS

2.2. Treatment mechanisms

FS Collection and Transport

3.1. Collection and Transport

Faecal Sludge Treatment Technologies

FS Treatment Technologies

4.1. Overview of technologies

4.2. Settling – Thickening

4.3. Drying beds

4.3. Co-treatment with FS

4.4. End-use

Faecal Sludge Management and Planning


5.1. Operation and maintenance

5.2. Institutional Frameworks

5.3. Financial Transfers and Responsibility


6.1. Assessment of the initial situation

6.2. Planning of integrated FSM systems


The training will include three Course Units. Targeted for professionals, it will be delivered by using innovative teaching approaches: online forum sessions, synchronized and non-synchronized sessions with tutors and individual coaching and supports for each participant.

Under the guidance of a tutor, an online opening session will help the participants to handle the platform environment. The full material, exclusively in English and prepared by UNESCO‐IHE and SANDEC in close cooperation with the partner organizations and key experts, will be available online and downloadable. On top of the regular training materials, consisting of (i) the book on Faecal Sludge Management, a Systems Approach; (ii) key note speaker presentations; (iii) PowerPoint materials and assignments, the course will be highlighted with case studies and elements of current Sani-Up research work in order to enhance the learning experience. 
Participants will have the possibility to exchange with bilingual tutors (French and English) during synchronized online sessions through the entire duration of the training.

At the end of each Course Unit, the participant will prepare an assignment to be submitted online no later than one week after the closing date of the Course Unit. Then a final eExam will be scheduled at the end of the entire training. Assignments and the final exam could be taken in French or English.

The participant assessment process will include both formative and summative assessments. Summative assessments will be conducted online and related to the three Course Units in the form of MCQ. Two exam sessions are scheduled at the end of the Course and each participant should register to one of the two sessions at least.

The training assessment is compulsory at the end of the course.   


The training will start on October 03rd 2016 to February 24th 2017. The complete schedule will be provided shortly.


To obtain the training certificate, the participant must have at least a score of 10 out of 20 (comprising personal work grade and final exam grade).  Succeeding to these exams warrants the participant a capacity certificate in faecal sludge management. Taking part but not succeeding gives the right to a participation attestation. A capacity certificate is worth 05 credits according to the ECTS system of LMD.

Also, all participants to the international online training become automatically members of « Global Faecal Sludge Management e-learning Alliance » at different levels:

  • ATTENDANCE MEMBER (Certificate of Attendance applicable): the participant has completed all of the assignments of the course ;
  • COMPLETION MEMBER (Certificate of Completion applicable): the participant has completed all of the assignments and the exam.


FCFA 350 000 (USD 700)


Click here to apply online.

Important dates

  • July 11th   2016 : Registrations openning
  • August 31st  2016 : Closing of registrations
  • October 3rd  2016 : Training start (second cohort)
  • Octobre 03rd 2016 – February 24th 2017 : Training session
  • February 10th 2017 : Exam
  • February 24th 2017 : Publication of results


  • Harinaivo A. ANDRIANISA PhD, Senior Lecturer in Urban Water and Sanitation
    Project Coordinator
    Email: anderson.andrianisa@2ie-edu.org
  • Mrs Sylvie OUEDRAOGO, 
    Training Coordinator
    Email: sylvie.ouedraogo@2ie-edu.org