U.S. ramps up Venezuela effort

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From 2008 to 2018, the U.S. government poured more than $122 million into Venezuela for everything from democracy projects to emergency aid for migrants.
USAID and State Department grants for Venezuela projects jumped from $6,151,570 in 2016 to $20,874,975 this year.
Below is graphic of USAID and State Department grants by year.


Many of the same organizations running democracy programs in Cuba are also in Venezuela. These include Freedom House, the International Republican Institute and the Pan American Development Foundation. See grant recipients.
The U.S. Agency for International Development paid $500,000 to an undisclosed group that carried out something called the Venezuelan Confidence Building Initiative.
Some $31,084,004 of $122,232,815 in grants went to unidentified miscellaneous foreign contractors, records show. See graphic showing recipients and grant descriptions.
Grants included:

  • $10,000 to CEVAM to develop an animated newscast.
  • $85,244 to the Center for Strategic and International Studies for the Voices of Venezuela Project.
  • $199,413 to Consilium Group Advisors LLC for a project called “Stress Test: Venezuelan Urban Poor Political Culture and Behavior Amid Crisis.”

Spending records show that USAID and the State Department shelled out $68,872,277 for Venezuela grants from 2008 to 2018. USAID gave two additional contracts totalling $53,360,538 to Development Alternatives Inc. See list of contractors. Those contracts would bring the rough total of Venezuela projects to $122,232,815.
This is a conservative and imperfect estimate. A least a few other programs are likely tucked away in $58,817,100 in additional spending contracts reported over the past decade.
Below is graphic of USAID and State Department contracts by year.

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