In line with the general reduction of the cooperation interventions carried out by all development partners in Cape Verde, due to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions compared to the other countries of the area, the Italian Cooperation has reduced the volume of aid in recent years.
The Italian presence up to 2012 was ensured by interventions financed through NGOs and decentralized cooperation. In particular, excellent results were obtained in the agricultural sector through NGO interventions, which made it possible to improve the economic conditions of the populations involved.
With regard to decentralized cooperation, the Piedmont Region is mentioned in particular, which has included Cape Verde among the countries that benefited from its food security initiative in the Sahel and which it has implemented, with a contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation International Italian, a project to improve agro-livestock production on the Island of S. Antao, which ended in 2012.
The current trend of the major donors is to intervene more and more through the instrument of budget support (which, in the case of the European Commission, absorbs 80% of aid).