IBSA Fund Annual Report- CABO VERDE

Cabo Verde

Delivering Safe Drinking Water

Approved Budget:


Additional Resources:

Municipality of Ribeira Brava,
$150,000; the Government of Cabo Verde, $80,000; and UNDP Cabo Verde, $60,000.


March 2009 –


November 2014

Mostly contributing to:



Municipality of Ribeira Brava; UNDP Cabo Verde


This project focused on increasing the availability of safe drinking water on the island of São Nicolau through the construction of a plant for the desalination of sea water and its transportation to the communities. It improved the health of communities by reducing health risks associated with the intake of poor-quality water.

Results (Intended Outcomes/Outputs)

  • The year-round supply of safe drinking water for the 12,000 inhabitants of São Nicolau island increased as did the water supply for agricultural purposes.
  • The water desalination plant was built and connected to the main water distribution system of Ribeira Brava; it has a desalination capacity of 1,200 m³ of sea water per day and a water storage reservoir with a capacity of 1,000 m³.


The project successfully addressed the technical difficulties concerning the drilling of wells and the installation of high-pressure pipes.

Link of the Project to National Priorities

Cabo Verde is extremely water-scarce. To address this scarcity, a $41.1 million water, sanitation and hygiene project was implemented to facilitate delivery of water and sanitation services to Cabo Verdean households and businesses. The Government and the municipality of Ribeira Brava believed that the support of the IBSA Fund paved the way for the sustainable management of water resources.

Accessing water for household consumption