New Afrobarometer SDG Scorecard shows Cabo Verde is making progress on water/sanitation and unemployment, but slipping on poverty, hunger, and other indicators

A new Afrobarometer Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Scorecard for Cabo Verde shows that the country has made no progress over the past five years on many indicators, including gender equality, access to reliable and affordable energy, and climate action.

The Afrobarometer SDG Scorecard, which provides citizens’ assessments of Cabo Verde’s progress on important aspects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, also shows the country is doing worse than it was five years ago when it comes to poverty, hunger, and access to medical care. In addition, Cabo Verde is slipping in efforts to increase trust in state institutions (police, judiciary, and Parliament) and has made no progress on reducing perceived corruption in these institutions and the payment of bribes to obtain public services.

The only scorecard areas where Cabo Verde is making progress are water and sanitation, reducing unemployment (although the gender gap in unemployment has widened), and reducing unfair treatment on the basis of ethnicity.

The newly developed Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards highlight citizens’ experiences and evaluations of their country’s performance on democracy and governance, poverty, health, education, energy supply, water and sanitation, inequality, gender equity, and other priorities reflected in 12 of the 17 SDGs. These citizen assessments can be compared to official UN tracking indicators. They present both summary assessments for each SDG – via blue, green, yellow, and red “stoplights” – as well as the data behind these assessments.

Afrobarometer, an independent pan-African survey research network, released scorecards for five West African countries on Monday as part of a series of regional webinars focusing on progress toward the SDGs in Africa.

Speaking at the webinar, Daniel Armah-Attoh, Afrobarometer project manager for anglophone West Africa and North Africa, said the Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards are unique in highlighting the perspectives of ordinary citizens – the intended beneficiaries of the SDGs.

“The SDGs are intended to improve the lives of people, and numerous important indicators and scorecards are being used to track progress,” he said. “Looking at how these citizen assessments compare or contrast with other SDG indicators should stimulate debate, help to identify gaps, and support action to move forward in each country.”

Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards for 31 countries are being released in May-July 2021. All scorecards can be accessed on the Afrobarometer website’s SDG Scorecards page.