Last updated in June 2018

Relations between Germany and Cabo Verde are friendly and untroubled.

The Republic of Cabo Verde is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands with a total population of approximately 525,000 people. Since gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, the country has had a high level of political stability while demonstrating a firm commitment to the rule of law. Cabo Verde maintains close relations with the European Union and sees itself as a mediator between Europe and Africa because of its geographical location as well as economic and cultural ties.

Since the Republic of Cabo Verde gained independence, Germany has made available some 100 million euros to the country under financial and technical cooperation. Measured in per capita terms, the country ranked among the top recipient countries of German assistance. Cabo Verde ceased to be a recipient of bilateral development cooperation assistance in 2010 after it graduated to middle-income country status. However, Germany contributes a large share of multilateral aid, in particular through the European Union and the World Bank. In addition, the German Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, is supporting micro projects carried out by local organisations.

There continues to be close research cooperation between Germany and Cabo Verde. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture are supporting projects in the areas of marine research, oceanography, climate monitoring and climate protection as well as projects aimed at protecting West African fishing grounds. With the Ocean Science Centre Mandela, an important research institute opened in November 2017 on the island of São Vicente.

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