ODA eligibility database




Sector or themePeace and security: involving military
Provider countryPortugal
Recipient countryCabo Verde
Implementing agencyPortuguese Ministry of Defence
Budget (EUR x 1000)659
Purpose code72010 Material relief assistance and services

  • In November 2014, the volcano Pico de Fogo on Fogo Island, Cabo Verde erupted. The pre-eruption seismic activity and the eruption itself resulted in the evacuation of residents.
  • In response to Cabo Verde’s post-eruption assistance requests, Portugal deployed a naval ship to transport and deliver civil protection assistance equipment such as shelters, water, sanitation, health services, and supply of medicines. The naval ship was also equipped with dinghies and a helicopter to enable rapid access to the archipelago and the transportation of people and equipment. In addition, a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft was made available to transport ambulances as well as other rescue equipment. Simultaneously, Portugal provided several seismological stations to strengthen the seismic monitoring capability of the island. Concrete activities included: - Transport of relief assistance material and rescue equipment (shelter, water, sanitation, health supplies and medicines, ambulances); - Provision of rapid means to access the island (dinghies and a helicopter since Cabo Verde is an archipelago); - Provision of capabilities to detect seismic activity (seismological stations). The types of additional costs reported, include: donated civil protection assistance and medical equipment (such as shelters, water, sanitation, health services, supply of medicines); donated seismological stations; personnel daily allowances; fuel (for the naval ship, helicopter, dinghies, C-130 Hercules) for the transportation to Cape Verde and between islands (evacuation of residents and transportation of rescue civil protection and medical equipment).
  • The project contributed to the immediate safety and protection of the affected population and strengthened seismic monitoring capabilities.
  • This activity is deemed ODA-eligible. The additional costs incurred by the use of donor military personnel and equipment to deliver development services and humanitarian aid are included in ODA (paragraph 97). In this context, the employment of military personnel and equipment to deliver civil protection assistance after a natural disaster falls within the boundaries of ODA.