Cape Verde: Election 2011 - A Rooted Democracy

The legislative elections were held on February 6 peacefully in this country known as a bastion of stability and democratic governance in Africa. Since 2008, UNDP has supported the modernization and consolidation of electoral system through its support of the National Electoral Commission.

UNDP has mobilized 700,000 USD from the Spanish Cooperation, which has given continuity to the activities of the regional project to support the public administration reform , contributing to the consolidation of the National System of Identification and Authenticity Civil (SNIAC). This project which aims to strengthen the infrastructural support of SINIAC, has contributed to the acquisition of equipment for three databases containing biometric information.

As a prelude, the UNDP has supported the organization of the first voter registration in Cape Verde using the biometric information. The project contributed also for capacity development by training, approximately 600 trainers and operators kits census at a national level and had as well conduct an extensive information and education campaign in order to sensitized people to realize their participation' s right. The project has also created an integrated database containing biometric information for the election, as well for civil and border services.

Capeverdean diaspora has been the subject of special attention. Whith UNDP, the country has implemented a strategy census of its population living abroad, through funds raised from Government of Luxembourg, and reaching more than 30,000 people before the election period.

Cape Verde has few natural resources, with a population of 500,000 people distributed in 4000Km2, and a cultivable area of 10%. However, since January 2008, the country was graduated from the category of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for Middle Income Countries (MICs). This important step recognizes the success of an independent country since 1975 including the choice of development based on human capital, services, new information technologies, tourism, agriculture and fisheries, among others, which have significant reduction of poverty (49% of the population in 1989 to 26.6% in 2007), growth of real GDP per capita (from 902 USD in 1990 to $ 3,306 in 2008), and a significant improvement living conditions of the population. These achievements and successes are attributed to a harmonious political and economic governance, with political stability and, in a context of sustainable peace, because of social and economic development a priority in the national agenda of development.

In this context, UNDP plays a catalytic role in cooperation with national agencies within the UN system, particularly the strengthening of national institutions, through the component e-governance "of its Governance program.

Photo taken by Ignacio Moreira


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