Faecal Sludge Management Alliance

Safely Managed Faecal Sludge for All

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Please join us for the jointly hosted, 21st African Water Association (AfWA) International Congress & Exhibition and the 7th International Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Conference (Abidjan 2023). The event will be held from the 19-23 February 2023 at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 

Career KickStarter at FSM7

We are excited to host the Career KickStarter at the 21st AfWA Congress + FSM7 next year! Date: Monday 20th February The Career KickStarter is an engaging 2-hour event designed...

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FSM7 Short Film Festival

FSMA is launching our first FSMA Short Film Festival at the FSM7 Conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.  The Festival will run from 21-22 February at the FSMA7 Conference and online...

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Registration for the 21st AfWA Congress & Exhibition, and the 7th International Faecal Sludge Management Alliance Conference is now open! ➡️ www.abidjan2023.com We are looking forward to joining you in our beautiful...

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About The Alliance

The FSM Alliance is a member-based network to support organisations and individuals working in
faecal sludge management (FSM). Our goal is to create a collaborative, responsive, and collective
platform to advocate for the adoption and implementation of FSM as a utility service. We also aim to
support our members in their work in helping to achieve SDG 6.2 and improve access to safely
managed sanitation.

Our Vision

A world where all people, everywhere, enjoy equitable access to safely managed and dignified sanitation services, which recognizes and treats human waste as a valued resource, improving health, reducing poverty and safeguarding the environment.

Our Mission

We set the agenda, champion and promote the development of inclusive sanitation approaches, particularly faecal sludge management (FSM) and non-sewered sanitation (NSS), to ensure human health and dignity, and the health of urban ecosystems.

For the first time, the AfWA Congress and the FSM Conference will be co-hosted together, bringing together key areas in the sector into one momentous event. This event will join together water, utilities, government agencies, sanitation, and private companies to begin cross-sectoral discussion on city-wide inclusive sanitation, water management, and FSM.  

The theme of the event is: “Acting for the sustainable management of resources and access to water and sanitation for all“. More than 2,000 participants are expected from all continents, joined by more than 100 exhibitors on various technologies and management approaches within the water and sanitation sector. The first day of the event will feature the opening ceremony and symposium, followed by the scientific and technical program on day 2, 3, and 4. The Closing Ceremony is held on the fourth day of the event. More information can be found online at www.abidjan2023.com. 

The FSM Conference, hosted by FSMA, is the world’s only conference dedicated to faecal sludge management. The conference aims to share the latest knowledge, evidence, and case studies from around the world on faecal sludge management and non-sewered sanitation. The conference is held bi-annually and alternates between Asia and Africa. The previous edition, FSM6, was held virtually due to the global pandemic.  

 The African Water Association Congress is a scientific and technical forum coupled with a major international exhibition, which includes technical sessions, workshops, parallel events, “B-to-B” meetings, and “one -to-one”. Every two years, the African Water Association organizes an international congress, which brings together all of its members, international organizations, experts, political decision-makers, and development partners in order to take stock of the latest developments of the water, sanitation and environment sector in Africa.  

The FSM Toolbox

Our FSM ToolBox contains a wealth of information about sanitation planning, stakeholder engagement and business models. Watch this introductory video to see if the ToolBox can be useful for your needs. 



We strive to achieve safely managed faecal sludge to areas with poor management. Our goals are also linked with other streams of sustainability such as sustainable cities, access to clean water and the power of partnerships. 

Our Members