Last updated: 22/8/2023

Basic Information

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

Programme Details

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>.
Coverage
22.680 beneficiaries (2022)
References
Agência de Notícias de Portugal. 2022. Benefícios sociais atribuídos por Cabo Verde aumentam para 9.143 milhões de escudos em 2023. Accessed 26 January 2023. <https://www.sapo.pt/noticias/economia/beneficios-sociais-atribuidos-por-cabo-verde-_637f39195ec23242eddf26f0>
Programme expenditure
CVE 1,63 Billion (2023)
References
Agência de Notícias de Portugal. 2022. Benefícios sociais atribuídos por Cabo Verde aumentam para 9.143 milhões de escudos em 2023. Accessed 26 January 2023. <https://www.sapo.pt/noticias/economia/beneficios-sociais-atribuidos-por-cabo-verde-_637f39195ec23242eddf26f0>

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
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 extreme poverty line (CVE 136 in 2015) and not covered by any other social security scheme.
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. < https://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638> World Bank. 2018. República de Cabo Verde. Ajustando o Modelo de Desenvolvimento para Revitalizar o Crescimento e Fortalecer a Inclusão Social. Diagnóstico Estratégico do País (SCD). Accessed 25 January 2023 < https://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/pt/320521541698395488/pdf/130289-SCD-REVISED-PORTUGUESE-P159323-PUBLIC.pdf>.
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 CVE6,000; 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>.
MIS
In order to introduce more transparency and enhance governance, a web-based application was implemented to manage all the processes and procedures, thus creating an integrated and consistent database. All ICT functions (software development, databases, and communications) are supported by NOSI, a state company that centrally manages the ICT of state institutions. This feature has allowed for significant progress in integrating the CNPS databases with those of other social protection programmes run on the different islands that comprise the country.
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. <https://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=50638>