Cape Verde’s name is belonging to the “least developed nation” category. When our colleague Arjan de Jager visited Cape Verde some months ago he stumbled from surprise to surprise. It is a well-functioning democracy where economic growth has been strong, where literacy is almost universal and 80% of the population has access to (mobile) phones. Evan Davis of the BBC calls Cape Verde the African Good New Story.
No all the squares in Cape Verde were checked, but in every town on the three islands he visited the government provides free WiFi at each square. Not only the big cities of Cape Verde but also the tiny villages. The squares have become lively places again where people get together, study, discuss, make plans. In other words: the squares become literally the centre of the world in Cape Verde.