As an island nation, Cape Verde's economy is driven by exports and tourism. ADF is working with Cape Verdean small businesses to help them achieve the quality of operations and scale of production required to attract strong international clients.

cape verde

$3.6 Million in 22 Active Project Grants

ADF Program Goals

1) Focus program activities on
marginalized communities in Africa .

2) Invest in Africans and their ideas through participatory development.

3) Ensure projects produce
long term social and economic results..

Country Contact

For further information contact USADF's country representative.

Aguido Cabral
Estrategos Consultores Associados, Lda
Av. Da Liberdade e Democracia, 9
1º Esq. CP 453A Achada Sto Antonio
Praia, Cape Verde
Tel: +238 26 23 557
Fax: +238 26 23 616

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USADF's Cape Verde Program

New programs and grants focus on marginalized population in Cape Verde including:

Individuals living in rural areas, who are disproportionally poor (65% of people who live in poverty in Cape Verde live in rural areas).  Most development efforts have centered around tourism and the service sector, which exacerbates rural-urban income disparities.  Further, water scarcity on Cape Verde affects rural areas the hardest, due to their dependence on agriculture.  The rural population struggles with food security and access to water.  Many of these communities are isolated and lack basic infrastructure and economic opportunity;

Single women heads of household—there is a high level of male emigration, which has created a marginalized population of women trying to raise families on their own.  There is a 40%  unemployment rate among these women; Persons with disability; and Geographically marginalized populations on small islands such as Brava, S. Nicolau, Maio, where there is less infrastructure and economic opportunity.  These islands have much less access to markets and development assistance because of transportation barriers.

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