NED kept secret more than a half million dollars in Cuba projects

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Below are Cuba projects that the U.S. government-financed National Endowment for Democracy reported managing in 2019. The U.S. government financed the projects, worth $5,977,500. Of that amount, $565,964.50 went to undisclosed organizations.

Project Title: Legal Aid to Cuban Civil Society
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To assist Cuban citizens and pro-democracy activists on legal matters. Activities include the production of legal documents that could contribute to Cuba’s transition to democracy, the dissemination of information about Cuba’s legal system, including useful ways to navigate through its existing contradictions and cumbersome processes and providing legal assistance.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $25,600
Project Title: Promoting Freedom of Movement and Assessing Migratory Barriers against Cubans
Organization Name: Fundacion Pro Bono
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To promote greater freedom of movement for Cuban civil society actors and assess migratory barriers. The organization will issue a report on the legal restrictions affecting Cuban civil society and conduct strategic litigation in eight priority countries. The organization will promote a regional legal debate with public officials to highlight migratory restrictions against Cubans and incorporate Cuban civil society actors in relevant regional meetings.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $89,340
Project Title: Promoting Freedom of Expression of Cuba’s Independent Artists
Organization Name: Cuban Soul Foundation, Inc.
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To empower independent Cuban artists to promote democratic values. The group will strengthen its four most successful independent civic centers and studios to produce, perform and exhibit their work in uncensored community events. Each space will host artistic performances, circulate information, distribute materials, and offer trainings for members within the community. Lastly, the group will support its partners on-island to carry out independent events and to produce a hip-hop magazine.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $75,161
Project Title: Promoting Freedom of Expression in Cuba through the Arts
Organization Name: Cultura Democratica
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote greater freedom of expression and exchange. The organization will work with a group of independent artists in Cuba to help them develop artistic projects on themes related to democracy, human rights, and historical memory. The organization will bring this group of Cuban artists to Argentina for a series of public and private events with Argentine and Latin American artists and intellectuals to increase awareness about the Cuban reality.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $47,606
Project Title: Promoting Freedom of Expression and Independent Media in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote freedom of expression and a plural and independent information space in Cuba. The organization will increase its content production, focusing on social participation, democratic values, and civil society empowerment while covering issues of public interest in Cuba. The organization will turn to multimedia such as video and photography to reach a larger audience.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Title: Promoting Community Reporting in Cuba
Organization Name: Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresión y Prensa
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote greater, uncensored access to information in communities throughout Cuba and to strengthen the capacity of independent community journalists. The organization will provide its counterparts in Cuba with equipment and technical assistance and will support the design and publication of community-based news bulletins and their distribution to local residents.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $146,360
Project Title: Promoting and Defending Freedom of Expression and Information in Cuba and Central America
Organization Name: Campaña Global por la Libertad de Expresión A19 A.C.
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote greater understanding and documentation of freedom of expression violations in Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras. The organization will train independent journalists on holistic protection mechanisms and aggression documentation. It will convene local partners to generate a network of journalists who seek to exchange experiences and to increase self-protection. The grantee will also document violations and develop an advocacy strategy to raise awareness about the threats against independent journalists’ lives, freedom and integrity.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $129,781
Project Title: Promoting an Independent Youth Movement
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen the leadership, dialogue, and consensus-building skills of pro-democracy youth activists, and to foster greater understanding of youth concerns and perspectives both inside and outside Cuba. The project will conduct a series of capacity building workshops and analyze youth concerns throughout the island, and organize essay contests and conduct surveys to gather critical information.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $21,500
Project Title: Promoting Accountability on Human Rights Violations and Social Conflicts in Cuba
Organization Name: Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, Inc.
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To fight impunity against human rights violations and to raise awareness about social conflicts in Cuba. The organization will work with partners on the island to document the actions and publicly expose perpetrators of human rights violations. The grantee will report the cases to international human rights organizations and seek protection for the victims. The grantee will also support citizens to document and peacefully resolve cases of social conflicts in their communities.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $126,096
Project Title: Promoting Access to Uncensored Information in Cuba
Organization Name: Asociacion Diario de Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote freedom of information in Cuba through the production and dissemination of independent news and analysis through the grantee’s digital news outlet. The grantee will continue to mentor its network of contributors in Cuba so that they produce content more independently and professionally. To continue to increase its readership inside Cuba, the organization will adjust its content to readers’ feedback and implement new tools to circumvent censorship.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $220,000
Project Title: Promoting Access to Information in Cuba
Organization Name: Agora Cuba Inc.
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To enhance access to information in Cuba. The organization will expand upon an existing online platform, which enables access to uncensored web-based information through email. The platform, which already provides online education, web publishing and social news services, will expand to include other new services and partners as identified and improve to become more user friendly.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $75,911
Project Title: Monitoring Human Rights in Cuba
Organization Name: Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To raise international awareness about human rights conditions in Cuba. The organization will work with a network of human rights defenders on the island to document and report violations to political, social, and economic rights. Project activities include producing reports, releasing statements, and conducting advocacy in Europe to bring attention to the lack of fundamental freedoms in Cuba.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $150,000
Project Title: Integrating Cuba into Regional Media Networks
Organization Name: Investigación e Innovación Factual A.C.
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To support and integrate young Cuban journalists into a regional network of digital media initiatives throughout Latin America and to highlight the stories of Cubans as part of the emerging leaders in Latin America. The organization will select, train, and mentor Cuban journalists on how to conduct investigative reporting, collaborate with regional peers, and publish stories for digital media outlets. The group will also include Cuban panelists at its annual digital media conference and profile Cuban emerging leaders in its publications.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $74,000
Project Title: Promoting Independent Thinking in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote greater freedom of expression and independent thinking and writing among Cuban intellectuals. The organization will produce an online platform to promote debate around cultural and social issues in Cuba. Journalists, columnists, writers, and photographers who are unable to print their work in official media will have the opportunity to publish and disseminate the work.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $64,727
Project Title: Human Rights Documentation and Awareness Raising in Cuba
Organization Name: Free Society Project, Incorporated
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To document and raise awareness about human rights violations in recent Cuban history. The group will carry out research to expand its database and produce human rights reports to generate alerts and publish statements. It will also strengthen its communication strategy to raise the profile of the organization and its work. The group will tailor its messages within the human rights community and improve its social media outreach. These efforts will contribute to the domestic and international awareness raising efforts concerning Cuba’s human rights situation.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $95,825
Project Title: Generating Awareness on Cuba’s Role in the Region and Assessing Challenges to Democratic Consolidation
Organization Name: Transparencia Electoral
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote increased awareness of Cuba’s impact on democracy in the region, and to assess the most pressing challenges to democracy in Latin America. The Argentina-based organization will carry out three conferences in the Latin America region to discuss Cuba in a regional context and assess the state of democracy in the region. The organization will produce and disseminate a final publication on the findings of the conferences, and organize a public event on Cuba and Latin America at large that will convene public officials, academics, and electoral specialists.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $65,725
Project Title: Freedom of Expression in Cuba and Inclusion in Latin America’s Regional Agenda
Organization Name: Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To foster the participation of Cuban independent civil society representation in international fora and to promote awareness and discussion of violations of freedom of expression in Cuba among Latin American civil society organizations and regional bodies. The organization will promote exchanges between Cuban activists and their counterparts in Latin America, advocate for the participation of Cuban activists in international fora, and raise awareness of the state of freedom of expression and access to public information on the island.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $79,485
Project Title: Fostering New Democratic Leadership in Cuba
Organization Name: Latin American Center for Nonviolence
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To strengthen the leadership skills and organizational capacity of emerging social leaders and entrepreneurs in Cuba. The grantee will conduct a training workshop for its partners and foster the exchange of experiences with peers from Latin America and Europe. Training participants will expand the reach and membership of their organizations, produce and distribute a bulletin, carry out community events and advocate for greater freedoms on the island.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $67,867
Project Title: Fostering Independent Thinking and Writing in Cuba
Organization Name: Editorial Hypermedia Inc.
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote greater freedom of expression and independent writing among Cuban intellectuals. The organization will compile and distribute censored books produced by Cuban exiled writers to intellectuals on the island. The organization will conduct essay contests to encourage independent writing among its target audience. Finally, the organization will publish the winning pieces from its essay contests and present it at book fairs and other relevant spaces.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $94,511
Project Title: Fostering a Plural Information Space in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote freedom of expression and a plural and independent information space in Cuba, and to strengthen the institutional and professional capacity of the organization. The organization will cover stories of Cuban reality. It will also make information available to a larger audience on the island and will develop alliances with media abroad to reach a broader audience.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $60,000
Project Title: Educating Cuban Youth Activists on Democracy and Leadership Skills
Organization Name: Instituto Político para la Libertad Peru
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To strengthen the leadership capacity of Cuban pro-democracy youth activists and to promote interaction between citizens in Cuba and individuals from Latin America. The grantee will provide youth activists with training on democratic rights, youth participation, communications, and international standards of freedom of expression, and bring Cuban youth activists to other Latin American countries to participate in relevant workshops and conferences.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $104,043
Project Title: Documenting and Reporting Human Rights Violations in Cuba
Organization Name: Cubalex
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To document and report human rights violations in Cuba. The organization will work with civil society groups on the island to document human rights violations according to international standards. Using this information, it will report on Cuba’s human rights record to international organizations and governments, and advocate for greater respect for human rights and protection to victims in Cuba.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $149,945
Project Title: Building Democratic Citizenship in Cuba
Organization Name: Asociación Mexicana para las Naciones Unidas de Jovenes
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster a conscious and democratic citizen culture among civil society in Cuba. Activities include workshops on democratic culture and human rights as well as freedom of expression and civic engagement. The group will strengthen the capacity of participating organizations on leadership skills, project management and monitoring and evaluation.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $74,950
Project Title: Advocating for a Human Rights Framework for Cuba
Organization Name: International Platform for Human Rights in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To advocate for inclusion of human rights and the perspectives of Cuban civil society as part of EU engagement with the Cuban government. The implementation of the EU-Cuba bilateral treaty will be monitored and relevant actors in the EU will be engaged to present them the views and needs of Cuban civil society. The project will enhance the understanding of Cuban pro-democracy players about the opportunities to advance human rights in Cuba offered by the new framework of EU-Cuba relations.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $84,898
Project Title: A Regional Approach to Promoting Democratic Values in Cuba
Organization Name: Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: _ Latin America & Caribbean Regional
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To support and raise the visibility of pro-democracy actors and human rights advocates in Latin America. The grantee will promote greater international awareness of the efforts of democracy activists to ensure greater political pluralism throughout the region, with an emphasis on those countries where democracy is either absent or at greater risk.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $132,000
Project Title: A Journalistic Approach to Violence in Cuba
Organization Name: Asociacion Civil Cronos
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To promote greater awareness of the reality of violence in Cuba on the island and overseas and to foster stronger ties between Cuban independent journalists and their counterparts in the rest of Latin America. The organization will conduct in-person and remote trainings on how to approach violence, with an emphasis on state-sponsored violence, from a journalistic perspective. The program will bring together participants from Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico to provide different angles to these issues, to promote new networks, and facilitate avenues for professional collaboration.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $90,000
Project Title: Promoting Freedom of the Press in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To raise awareness of freedom of the press violations in Cuba and strengthen its relationship with independent media and journalists. The group will collect information from independent media about freedom of the press violations that it will publish in its monthly bulletins and report attacks against journalists and bloggers. The group will disseminate this information on-island and to organizations promoting press freedom in the world. It will also will provide legal and financial support to journalists and bloggers who face press freedom attacks.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $32,712
Project Title: Fostering Dialogue and Exchange between Cuban Democrats and Colombian Intellectuals
Organization Name: Universidad Sergio Arboleda
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster dialogue between Cuban democrats and Colombian intellectuals and to raise awareness about the political, economic and social situation in Cuba. The organization will carry out public and private dialogues between Cuban democrats and Colombian historians, economists, government officials and business leaders. It will also publish an academic journal, articles and bulletins based on its studies about Cuban politics, economics, and society. The group will present these publications at events within the region.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $107,520
Project Title: Promoting Leadership and Civic Participation in Cuban Society
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote leadership and civic participation of members of marginalized populations in Cuban society. The group will create a space for a variety of sectors of the population to interact, share ideas, and dialogue about problems facing their communities. The organization will carry out workshops for grassroots leaders on citizen participation, social dialogue, human rights and advocacy efforts.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $19,410
Project Title: Strengthening the Latin American Fact-Checking Network
Organization Name: Fundación la Voz Pública
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen the skills of independent Cuban journalists to include fact-checking and to promote an exchange of ideas and practices among members of the Latin American network. The organization will train Cubans, Venezuelans, and other independent journalists in the region on its fact-checking methodology. The group will also bring participants to its office for a two-week residency to learn about how a fact-checking organization operates and integrate them into the regional network where participants will share knowledge and information.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $89,900
Project Title: Promoting Local Accountability and Citizen Oversight
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To promote accountability of the local government. The group will conduct a mentorship program to assist citizens who seek solutions to the problems in their communities. The activists will work with community members in documenting the issues and elevating them to the local authorities to gain resolution. The organization will also produce a newsletter to raise awareness of these problems and to connect citizens with its initiatives and activists.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $120,258
Project Title: Strengthening Democratic Dialogue on Cuban-Led Reform Ideas
Organization Name: Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To strengthen the capacity of independent pro-democracy think tanks in Cuba to develop independent and objective economic analysis and reform ideas and to generate the possibility for the formalization of independent civic and business associations. The center will provide support for two Cuban pro-democracy think tanks to attend mentoring workshops off the island, offer assistance for on-island activities, and arrange for their participation in an international conference.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $305,726
Project Title: Times of Change and a New Role for Different Sectors in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To enhance civil society’s understanding and capacity to propose political alternatives. Activities will include research on the role of different state institutions in transitions to democracy as well as discussion of this subject among Cuban civil society representatives, with an emphasis on the experiences of other countries in the region.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $4,273
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Freedom of Expression in Cuba and Inclusion in Latin America’s Regional Agenda
Organization Name: Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To include Cuban independent civil society representation in a regional network of freedom of expression, and to promote awareness of violations of freedom of expression in Cuba among Latin American civil society organizations and regional bodies.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $13,825
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Technology and Civic Participation in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote awareness and foster debate over the impact of information and communication technology on citizen participation in Cuba. The organization will produce and publish news articles, investigative, and multimedia pieces to reach broader audiences on the impact of technology on social activism, and more broadly, citizen participation.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $53,600
Project Title: Supporting Independent Writers and Artists in Cuba
Organization Name: Vista Larga Foundation Corp
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To strengthen the capacity of independent Cuban writers and artists to produce and exhibit their work in uncensored community events. The group will provide mentorship for writers to improve their work and reach a larger audience. The group will also promote greater collaboration between Cuban writers and their Latin American counterparts.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $87,894
Project Title: Supporting Independent Unions, Self-Employed Workers, and Labor Rights in Cuba
Organization Name: Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To promote labor rights and strengthen the capacity of Cuba’s independent labor movement. The organization will provide independent labor activists in Cuba with technical and financial assistance to forge a more coordinated labor movement on the island. In addition, the organization will work with a nascent association of self-employed workers to promote labor rights in the informal sector. It will also conduct an international information dissemination and awareness campaign on the situation regarding labor rights in Cuba.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $230,000
Project Title: Supporting Independent Journalists in Cuba
Organization Name: Instituto Prensa y Sociedad
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen the reporting and investigative skills of Cuban independent journalists and to promote greater interaction between them and their Latin American counterparts. The organization will train journalists on fundamental concepts of journalism, and place them with a professional media outlet in Peru for an on-the-job experience. The grantee will foster interaction between Cuban and Latin American journalists through collaborative investigative pieces and bring Cuban journalists to the 2019 edition of the Latin American Conference on Investigative Journalism.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $70,523
Project Title: Supporting Independent Journalism in Cuba
Organization Name: CubaNet News, Inc.
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To increase access to uncensored information in Cuba. The organization will work with independent journalists throughout the island to produce media content on social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Cuba. The organization’s press coverage will be published in its online media platform, distribution mailing lists, and social media, to distribute independent and accurate information to Cuban citizens.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $225,271
Project Title: Supporting Human Rights Defenders in Cuba
Organization Name: Center for a Free Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their families, and human rights activists in Cuba. The organization will work with its partners to distribute humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their family members, and other members of Cuban civil society. To increase access to uncensored information, the organization will also provide human rights defenders with technical equipment to document life in Cuba and convey information to outside organizations and actors.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $107,000
Project Title: Strengthening Tools to Measure Governability and Social Conflict in Cuba
Organization Name: Arlenica, Arte, Lenguaje e Investigación para el Cambio Social
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen analysis about governance in Cuba. The organization will develop a governability index to measure and compare Cuba’s political system with other countries in the world. It will analyze the Cuban government’s structure and performance in areas such as the rule of law, political participation, effectiveness, political stability, transparency and economic freedom. It will also assess the public’s satisfaction with its government and track citizens’ actions to promote policies that are more democratic through the creation of a social conflict observatory.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $88,200
Project Title: Monitoring Human Rights in Cuba
Organization Name: Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To monitor, document, and raise international awareness about human rights violations in Cuba. The grantee will work with human rights defenders in Cuba to document and report these violations to international bodies. The grantee will use this information to raise global awareness about the state of human rights in Cuba.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $12,175
Note: This amount is a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Media Professionals in Cuba
Organization Name: Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. (People in Need)
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen the capacity of independent media professionals in Cuba. The grantee will provide Cuban beneficiaries with training and technical assistance to produce uncensored content on social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Cuba. The grantee will also build the technical capacity of independent organizations throughout Cuba to carry out initiatives aimed at increasing the free flow of information.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $200,000
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society Capacity to Monitor and Report Human Rights Violations
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To strengthen the human rights monitoring and documentation skills of Cuban civil society activists. The grantee will expand the knowledge of civil society activists to document and report human rights violations, primarily the Universal Human Rights System. The grantee will inform UN human rights officials about the state of human rights in the island, and will provide assistance to its partners as they submit their reports.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $25,063
Project Title: Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Civic Initiatives in Cuba
Organization Name: People in Need Slovakia (PIPA)
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To strengthen the capacity of independent civic centers and initiatives in Cuba to promote democratic ideas and values. Based in Bratislava, the organization will work with groups of independent lawyers, farmers, teachers, students, and community organizers to strengthen their institutional capacity and ability to carry out activities more effectively. In addition, the grantee will organize two study visits for its beneficiaries in Slovakia.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $110,000
Project Title: Promoting Tolerance and Pluralism in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote greater tolerance and awareness about the importance of critical and independent voices to advance democratic values and ideas. The organization will carry out events to foster debate among a diverse set of actors about historical and current issues in Cuban society. To raise awareness among a wider audience, the event materials will be published and disseminated online.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $30,300
Project Title: Providing Uncensored Information to Cuban Pro-Democracy Activists
Organization Name: Cuban Democratic Directorate
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote greater access to uncensored information to Cuban pro-democracy activists and facilitate greater communication among them. The organization will produce radio programs with news and analysis about events taking place in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and elsewhere around the world, which it will broadcast using its in-house radio station. The group will also support civic activities carried out by civil society activists in Cuba.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $650,000
Project Title: Regional School for Women’s Leadership
Organization Name: Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir AC
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To enhance the capacity of women in leadership positions and strengthen their organizations with a gender perspective. Through trainings, women leaders will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to transform the reality of inequality and discrimination that they face within their organizations and communities. The organization will support Cuban activists as they include a gender perspective in the current work.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $154,000
Project Title: Raising Awareness on Human Rights Conditions in Latin America
Organization Name: CASLA O.P.S
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: _ Latin America & Caribbean Regional
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To raise awareness in European and UN institutions on the deteriorating democratic and human rights conditions in Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua; and to enhance understanding and use of international mechanisms to uphold human rights standards and protections. The organization will travel to European capitals to organize events and meet with key decision-makers and civil society to denounce human rights abuses. Similarly, it will meet with civil society and political leaders in Latin America to increase their understanding and use of international human rights bodies including the International Criminal Court and the UN.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $55,100
Project Title: Strengthening Critical Thinking and Democratic Values in Cuba
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote critical thinking, the free flow of information, and democratic values in Cuba. The organization will consolidate the reach and impact of its digital media content through its own magazine. To build historical memory, the organization will develop an archive that features a collection of historic documents and materials on Cuban and Latin American history. It will disseminate this information and its publications among its counterparts in Cuba.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $60,000
Project Title: Strengthening Democratic Leadership and Community-based Activism
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To strengthen the leadership and community organizing skills of pro-democracy activists in Cuba. A training program and an information campaign on peaceful activism, community organizing, human rights, and democracy will be carried out. Community-based activities will be conducted to engage Cuban citizens as part of the group’s efforts to foster a peaceful democratic opening.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $130,000
Project Title: Strengthening Independent Media and Accountability in Cuba
Organization Name: Fundación Espacio Público
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen Cuban journalists’ capacity to promote greater government accountability in Cuba and to promote interactions and links among Cuban and Latin American independent journalists. The organization will carry out a training program on how to conduct investigative journalism. The Cuban participants will also receive advice and feedback on their work from an editorial board composed of Latin American journalists The organization will provide remote mentorship to the participants once they return to the island.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $104,000
Project Title: Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society in Democratic Political Processes
Organization Name: Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Civic Education
Description: To strengthen the capacity of Cuban civil society activists to promote democratic and pluralistic elections on the island. Cuban participants will join election observation missions, attend workshops on election observation topics and a human rights training course. Additionally, the organization will raise awareness among Latin American electoral experts about the undemocratic nature of the Cuban electoral system.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $111,719
Project Title: Strengthening the Capacity of Human Rights Defenders to Promote and Protect their Rights before the UN System and the OAS
Organization Name: International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: _ Latin America & Caribbean Regional
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of human rights defenders. Based in Washington, DC, the organization will train afro-descendent women leaders to use the Inter-American System of Human Rights to advocate for greater respect for their rights. In addition, the Institute will work with Cuban human rights activists to advocate for their rights and interests using various mechanisms of the UN Human Rights System.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $295,000
Project Title: Promoting Religious Freedom and Building Bridges within Civil Society
Organization Name: Christian Solidarity International
Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean
Project Country: Cuba
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To strengthen the capacity of independent journalists, human rights activists, and members of religious communities to document and report freedom of religion or belief violations (FoRB). The organization will build the capacity of these actors by offering trainings on rule of law, international legal mechanisms, and documenting rights violations. In addition, the organization will connect the Cuban participants with its Latin American legal networks Finally, the organization will engage in advocacy at the UN to increase awareness on FoRB violations in Cuba.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $98,700
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