Universal Social Protection: Universal pensions in Cabo Verde

One step further in achieving social protection for all: Cabo Verde has given social protection a high priority on the road to development, showing a way to combine growth with equity in a context of scarce resources. The country is now one of the most advanced nations in Africa in terms of establishing a social protection floor. Cabo Verde took two major steps towards a universal pension system: the creation of the National Centre of Social Pensions (CNPS) in 2006 and the unification of pre-existing non-contributory pension programmes. This unified scheme guarantees basic income security for the elderly over 60 years old, the disabled, and children with disabilities living in poor families.