WASHINGTON, November 21, 2022 – The World Bank approved the Improving Connectivity and Urban Infrastructure in Cabo Verde Project (P178644), with financing of $40 million. This transformative project aims to enhance accessibility to climate-resilient transport and urban infrastructure for targeted communities in Cabo Verde.
"The project represents a significant milestone in our commitment to fostering sustainable development and improving the quality of life for residents in Cabo Verde. By focusing on urban upgrading in selected neighborhoods, the initiative aims to create thriving, resilient communities that can withstand the challenges posed by climate change," says Philippe Neves, Senior Infrastructure Specialist.
The project aims to (i) enhance transport connectivity and resilience: it will carry out climate-resilient rehabilitation and upgrading of inter-city and rural roads, ensuring that communities have reliable and resilient means of travel. This will boost economic activities, contribute to the overall well-being of residents, and reduce the isolation of communities in rural areas, fostering economic growth and improving the overall connectivity of the region; (ii) enhance resilient urban and community infrastructure: a core component of the project is the revitalization of urban areas. This involves upgrading essential infrastructure in selected neighborhoods, promoting sustainable urban development, and enhancing the overall living conditions for residents; (iii) through technical assistance, the project will also support the government in inter-island connectivity, considering both maritime and air transportation.
“The project is another proof of commitment and collaboration between the Government of Cabo Verde and the World Bank to enhance the country's road network in a resilient way, building on the results of the previous Transport Sector Reform Project. The implementation will also require relying more strongly on local stakeholders and women-led communities to inform the activities’ design” says Rosa Delgado, Economist and acting Cabo Verde Resident Representative.