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Water and sanitation sector support programme


Cabo Verde
LuxDev's country office
Cabo Verde Office

Water & Sanitation
2021 - 2025

Implementation period
February 2022 - December 2025
Total duration
47 months

Total budget
9,450,000 EUR
Contribution breakdown
  • Luxembourg Government
    9,000,000 EUR
  • Contrepartie nationale
    450,000 EUR

Project sheets

The water and sanitation sector support programme is funded under the Indicative Cooperation Programme “Development-Climate-Energy”, conceived as Luxembourg's response to support the socio-economic and environmental development policies and strategies of Cabo Verde during the period 2021-2025.

The programme CVE/389 is a continuation of Luxembourg's previous interventions in Cabo Verde. It aims to contribute to ensuring universal access to safe drinking water of adequate quality and quantity, at an affordable price, as well as to ensure quality sanitation services, in Cabo Verde, particularly by the most vulnerable families.

Aligned with the strategic plan for the water and sanitation sector, in line with the sustainable development goal 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, based on the principle of the human right to water and sanitation enshrined by the United Nations. The programme foresees a national coverage and to contribute to this major change by developing actions to increase the sustainability of water supply and wastewater services in economic, social and environmental dimensions. It also aims to ensure that its interventions are comprehensive and provide more equity among the islands, while strengthening  economic, social and territorial cohesion through the country.

In particular, it will participate in:

  • increasing water availability (quantity, quality, pressure);
  • reducing the cost of water; and
  • ensuring sustainable access to sanitation services.

Luxembourg's cooperation will continue to build the capacities of the country's water and sanitation sector institutions, whether through training or by supporting institutional, organisational and regulatory modernisation.

The final beneficiaries are the entire Cape Verdean population and society, including businesses and other organisations, who will benefit from sustainable quality water and sanitation services.

Contribution from the Government of Luxembourg: 9 000 000 EUR (7 000 000 EUR made available by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs through the Development Cooperation Fund and 2 000 000 EUR by the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development through the Climate and Energy Fund).

Latest news

  • World Water Day

    Published on 22 March 2023    By Anna FEIEREISEN   FR EN

    Today is the World Water Day. Focus on Cabo Verde!

    An isolated archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, Cabo Verde has always had to deal with very limited water resources. With no surface water (river or lake), the country is also seeing its underground resources diminish due to insufficient rainfall. This phenomenon is aggravated by climate change, and Cabo Verde must constantly increase its production of drinking water by desalinating sea water.

    This technology, which is very energy-intensive, leads to increased costs for the public operators, which cannot be passed on to water tariffs that are already higher than in Europe. Funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Cabo Verde, and implemented by LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency, the CVE/389 - Water and sanitation sector support programme supports operators in the construction of innovative infrastructures.

    The island of Brava will soon be equipped with the country's first 100% solar seawater desalination unit. Three hundred cubic metres of drinking water will be produced every day without using fossil fuels. This will guarantee access to water for the island's population, but also the sustainability of Aguabrava, the programme partner in charge of this new infrastructure.