Scheduled emptying services as an entry point for change
The aim of this paper is to inform sector thinking and practice on faecal sludge emptying (a.k.a. desludging) and contribute field-based learning on urban sanitation and faecal sludge management (FSM). The paper shares examples from SNV’s programmes in Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh in developing scheduled emptying services as part of a broader urban sanitation programme. The paper describes the approaches to developing scheduled emptying, highlighting the evidence-based decision-making process and giving insight to the complexities of improving sanitation services in cities in developing countries.