Last updated: 15/2/2017

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children, Elderly persons, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide basic income security for elderly citizens, people with disabilities and poor children with disabilities.

References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Programme components
In addition to the monthly pension, beneficiaries have access to the Mutual Health Fund, which provides allowances for medicine purchases and a funeral grant.
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Start date
2006
References
2006 (under the National Centre of Social Pensions). Reference: International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Coverage
46 per cent of the elderly population
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Programme expenditure
0.4 per cent of GDP.
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Elderly people (over 60 years old), people with disabilities, and children with disabilities living in poor families.
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Eligibility criteria
Applicants for the pension must fill out a form for identification and provide basic documentation. Applicants must be Cape Verde citizens living below the national official poverty line (CVE4,123 in 2007) and not covered by any other social security scheme.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
Social workers verify the conditions for selection of applicants in person and a web-based application manages all the processes and procedures.
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
Monthly payment of CVE5,000 (around USD65); beneficiaries also have access to the Mutual Health Fund, which subsidises medicine purchases of up to CVE2,500 per year and provides a funeral allowance of CVE7,000.
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
Benefit delivery mechanism
The pensions are paid through local post offices.
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
CNPS mnage the social pensions autonomously.
References
International Labour Organization. 2015. “Universal pensions for older persons - Cape Verde.” Social Protection in Action: Building Social Protection Floors. Geneva: ILO.Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>.