Journal of Cape Verdean Studies


João Monteiro


By most accounts, Cabo Verde is making tremendous achievements economically, politically, and socially. Forty years after becoming independent, it finds itself consistently among the highest performers on human development scales anywhere in Africa. This paper is a reflection on Cabo Verde’s development and economic growth as it relates to questions of income and resource distribution. Specifically, it considers the challenge of inequality in the distribution of income and the possibility that present inequality trends may be related to economic policy-making over that last twenty-five years. It draws on government reports and United Nations and World Bank documents to capture the trajectory of inequality in this time period, and on recent ethnographic studies to substantiate its manifestations through different segments of the social system.

Note on the Author

Dr. João Monteiro is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, USA. He received his Ph.D. from Drew University and he has taught at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and also at Eastern Nazarene College, Providence College, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island where he directed the Summer Program in Cape Verde for four years. He also served for a time as Director of the Boston Education Collaborative. His primary research interests are in the areas of Migrations, Transnationalism, West African Christianity, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism.