Cape Verde

Overview of SDGs

SDGs have been a governance priority. Since 2015 the fight against poverty and unemployment has been the priority areas. Youth unemployment, the fight against poverty and health are areas that need more attention from the Government and partners. 
  1. Education - quality education for all without leaving anyone behind
  •  The construction of more schools on all the islands of Cape Verde
  • The guarantee of free education up to the ninth year of schooling
  • The inclusion of sign language and Braille in schools
  1. Gender equality
  • Approval of the law against gender-based violence
  • Approval of the Parity Law
  • Building Shelter Homes for Victims of Gender-Based Violence
  • The SOS Green Line for GBV victims
  • The inclusion of the GBV theme in Pedagogical materials
  • Raising awareness about the new masculinity - changing the behavior of younger people
  • Penal code reform (GBV Crimes) 

National planning, implementation and budget commitments

The Government has an implementation plan but it is not shared with Civil Society Organizations. This plan is divided between the municipal and central powers. There is no specific strategy for its implementation. What exists is a Government Strategic Development Plan called (PEDS) in which the State establishes the axes of Governance based on the SDGs and aligned with the 2030 Agenda. More information here.

Progress since last VNR

Cape Verde does not have a follow-up plan. The last VNR presented did not have the involvement of NGOs and there is no shared data on the progress made. 

How have you engaged across communities?

With the most discriminated groups, we have engaged in: Developing awareness and information activities on Human Rights with local communities, supporting the Government in drafting legislation that promotes inclusion, Mobilizing financial resources through financial inclusion projects to improve their condition of life.

Key communities who face being left behind

The most discriminated groups have been the LGBT group, people with HIV and people with disabilities.

Overview of climate change

Cape Verde is a country very affected by climate change. In the last ten years we have had increasingly prolonged droughts and lack of rain. In political terms CV has done little regarding the Paris agreement. In terms of internal policy, we have reinforced community awareness in relation to changing attitudes and behaviors that promote dialogue, awareness and respect for the environment. We have reinforced our marine protection policy with specific projects to protect endangered species. Developed specific projects for the protection and conservation of our forest and protected areas. At the community level, civil society has been working on awareness and education for environmental protection through projects to reuse plastic, clean beaches and protect endangered marine species such as sea turtles.

Civil Society Priorities

Currently, civil society has identified the following priorities: 1. Fight against poverty. The number of poor people in Cape Verde has increased dramatically and urgent measures and programs to stimulate inclusive economic development are needed, as well as through promoting income-generating activities in all Cape Verde islands. 2. Youth Unemployment - Cape Verde has a high youth unemployment rate. The government needs to strengthen financial inclusion strategies by diversifying youth training with a focus on vocational education that can ensure faster entry into the labor market. 3. Decrease territorial inequalities and access to health - Leaving no one behind means creating conditions for access to citizenship services. 

Civil society engagement 

The Government does not have Dialogue strategies with Civil Society. We were neither invited nor consulted in this process. It has been our initiative and pro-activity through International organizations, we have participated in activities of reflection and outputs on the most critical indicators of governance. 

Public Awareness

In Cape Verde the official language is Portuguese but the language of the people is Creole. The articles in the Agenda were not translated into this local language. At this moment, all members of the Platform are sensitized to prepare their activity plans and their performance indicators based on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. 

National Coalition

Plataforma das ONG do Cabo Verde - PLATONG  

SDG Progress


Civic Space Rating

Adult Literacy Percentage


Infant Mortality/1000


Human Development Index

Human Development Index

Population below national poverty line

Human Development Index