International training on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM)

When: 9-12 February 2020 :
BRAC CDM, Saver, Dhaka
Mode: Residential :
Fee: BDT 60,000
Seats: 30:
Fellowship opportunity available
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WaterAid Bangladesh in collaboration with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organising a 4-day training on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) with exposure field visit from 9-12 February 2020.

Did you know?

2.7 billion worldwide people rely more on onsite sanitation, Bangladesh has achieved a remarkable success in reducing open defection. But with development in offsite sanitation system, excreta and wastewater management has become an unpalatable challenge. People are now looking for innovative solution on how to manage generated faecal sludge properly without affecting the environment. This context demands the need for awareness among people and knowledge about FSM especially among practitioners and researchers.


Government of Bangladesh, through Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), is implementing around 85 Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant in recent year and many more are going to be implemented in the near future. Since, majority of the households are dependent upon onsite sanitation systems, Bangladesh Government has introduced the Institutional and Regulatory Framework (IRF) for FSM to recognise ways and means of implementing FSM services and to outline specific roles and responsibilities of various institutions and stakeholders. WaterAid is supporting the cities of Sakhipur and Saidpur in demonstrating sustainable Co-compost plants. These treatment plants employ nature-based technology for treatment of Faecal Sludge and Septage and employ co-composting of organic municipal solid waste with dried Faecal sludge to improve the quality  of the final compost.


Both India and Bangladesh have similar challenges relating to scaling-up pilot initiatives for mainstreaming citywide sanitation.

Aim of the training

The training intends to bring practitioners and officials from India and Bangladesh together to develop a platform for knowledge sharing and create opportunities for networking and foster development of long-term partnerships. The training will focus on best practices in technology and management of faecal sludge and would include visit to operational Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant undertaking co-composting as well as interactive sessions with representatives from local bodies as well as agencies involved in the FSM interventions.

Learning objective

  • To get acquainted with issues and challenges relating to planning and implementing Faecal Sludge and Septage Management in a city.

  • Planning and designing of co-composting of dried faecal sludge with organic municipal solid waste.

  • To understand various examples of resource recovery from reuse of bio-solids from Faecal Sludge Treatment. 

  • Peer to peer learning through experience sharing on implementing FSM in cities by officials/practitioners from both the countries.

Who can participate?

The training would target officials and practitioners involved in operationalizing of Faecal Sludge and Septage Management:

  • Municipal Engineers and Engineers working in Govt. implementation agencies 

  • Consultants and advisors working with Govt. departments.

  • PSU/TSU officials supporting state/cities implementing FSSM

  • Interested professionals, academicians and researchers

Fellowship Opportunity

WaterAid will offer training fellowship to limited number of candidates. This training will focus on learnings surrounding the theories, policies, planning, management and practice (design) of treatment technologies and developing business model experiences for the future of FSM in the country.

To apply please click here for online registration.

Application deadline: 25 January 2020

For any queries please contact: 

Cell: +8801713851598 or
Email: [email protected]