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Special Newsletter

Dear subscribers,
With the end of the year approaching, the newsletter presents a series of articles, reports, and studies that have been published this year 2020 on various water-related topics, including water and the SDGs, Water and Climate, Water and COVID-19, and many more.

We hope that these various documents will be of use in your respective activities.
To facilitate your browsing, the different resources have been listed in geographical order.
We invite you to contact the Butterfly Effect secretariat if you wish to share similar resources, they may be published in future newsletters.


Water and Climate

The United Nations World Water Report (2020) Water and Climate Change.
The United Nations
The report is available in :  English | Français | Español (pdf)
WEF 2020 – Global Risk Report (Some references dedicated to water).
World Economic Forum.

Access to water and sanitation

Progress on drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools 2020 (Special focus on COVID-19).
World Health Organization

State of the world’s sanitation

World Health Organisation, Unicef


Sustainable Development Goals Progress Report 2020.
United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Available in [Arabic] [Chinese] [English][French] [Russian] [Spanish]


Water Barometer. 2020.
Solidarités International
Available in French:
Available in English:
The Economy in Times of Covid.
World Bank. 2020
Available in English:
Available in Spanish:
Public-Private Partnerships and the risk of corruption in the water sector. 2020.
European Unions, Sweden, African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), Stockholm international water institute

North America

Water and COVID-19

Financial Impact of the COVID-19 on US Drinking Water Utilities. 2020.


AWWA State of the Water Industry Report.
The Association of Water Works in US. 2020.

Latin America and Carribean


From Structure to Services Report. The Path to Better Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean. Inter-American Development Bank. 2020.


Water and COVID-19

Water scarcity and COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. 2020.
Desmond Ofosu Anima and Richard Ofori-Asenso.
Inequalities in access to water and soap matter for the COVID-19 response in sub-Saharan Africa. 2020.
Safia S. Jiwani and Daniel A. Antiporta
The Impact of COVID-19 in South Africa. 2020.
Wilson Center.


Money down the drain. Corruption in the Water Sector in South Africa Report (Only in English)
Water Integrity Network
Referee! Responsibilities, regulations and regulating for urban sanitation
Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS) and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)



Water and agriculture

Setting regional priorities to manage water for agriculture under conditions of water scarcity. Asia Pacific Region. 2020.
A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink.
National Geographic. 2020.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Annual Results Report 2019. Asia and Pacific. Unicef


Referee! Responsibilities, regulations and regulating for urban sanitation
Eastern and Southern Africa Water and Sanitation Regulators Association (ESAWAS) and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP)

Middle East


The MENA Region’s Water Crisis: Avoiding Potential Water Wars.
The Washington Institute. 2020.



Time to reach for the moon. The EU needs to step up action and lead the transformation to sustainability
Civil society SDG monitoring repory

Access to water

Water resources, surface water quality and water consumption in the Eastern Partnership countries. 2020.
European Union, European Environment Agency.
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