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Disposal of faecal sludge is a significant problem during rapid-onset emergencies – in particular the low consideration given to these aspects when deploying responses. Despite the existence of guidance and resources, practitioners often make inappropriate decisions or apply solutions ineffectively. The project was divided into two components: research and dissemination.


OCTOPUS a web-based tool to disseminate guidance and to help identify key common criteria and indicators for crisis-specific case studies. The tool connects with other existing sanitation initiatives.

Input from the global sanitation community will help improve the quality and number of experiences shared on the platform. Testing openly will help link theory to practice regarding the decision-making process at the field level. The process for documenting final guidance based on learning from each crisis will need to be systematised.


A second phase of the project will allow for the expansion of the platform to address other crises beyond the Cox’s Bazar case. According to feedback from a wide group of practitioners, the platform could also be improved by developing search filters to aid decision-making. Ultimately, the aim for the platform is to become the go-to destination for guidance on FSM in humanitarian crises.


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OCTOPUS, the first collaborative platform on faecal sludge management!

23 May 2019

In their first blog, Solidarités International provide an overview of what OCTOPUS is, and why it can be a game-changer in emergency faecal sludge management.


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