USAID’s Cuba spending under Trump: nearly $50 million

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The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent nearly $46 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. Records show USAID awarded additional grants in September, bringing the total to nearly $50 million. See USAID awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants.
The agency spent most of the money from 2018 to 2020, according to explorer.usaid.gov. Expenses include administration, payroll, audits and other costs. The total from the day Trump took office through Sept. 2, 2020, was $45,796,044 and is shown in the chart below. (Oct. 31 update: This figure was inaccurate. See correction).

The top five grant recipients through Sept. 2 were:

  1. International Republican Institute, $5,791,395
  2. Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $3,645,954
  3. Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach for Cuba, $3,556,189
  4. Freedom House, $3,327,910
  5. Pan American Development Foundation, $2,849,176

Some expenses are redacted and given generic descriptions like this one:

Strengthen the legal, regulatory, institutional, and information environment which protects and enables the growth in associational life and the development of independent and sustainable civil society organizations (CSOs). Build the capacity of civil society organizations to act as agents for reform and support their participation in democratic decision-making through articulating and representing their members interests, engaging in service delivery, and advocating for issues which become part of the public agenda and are reflected in public policies. Encourage the strengthening of a civic culture which supports democratic institutions and processes, active participation in political and civic life, and the civic virtues of tolerance, pluralism, compromise, trust, and respect for individual rights, including gender equality.

See interactive graphic that includes more details about the spending.

Note: Information used in this post was extracted from an explorer.usaid.gov Excel file you may download here (large file, nearly 1GB).

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17 thoughts on “USAID’s Cuba spending under Trump: nearly $50 million”

  1. Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach for Cuba changed its name to OUTREACH AID TO THE AMERICAS, INC. (fictitious name ECHOCUBA) Dr Teo A Babun Jr https://apps.irs.gov/pub/epostcard/cor/650510432_201812_990_2019110516819913.pdf
    this is a good reading about it
    https://dwkcommentaries.com/tag/evangelical-christian-humanitarian-outreach-for-cuba-echo-cuba/
    “Conclusion
    As someone who strives to follow Jesus as a member of a Presbyterian Church, I am glad to see the U.S. emphasizing the importance of religious freedom around the world. However, given the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential election and the support for Trump in the last election by many U.S. evangelical leaders and groups, one has to wonder whether current U.S. hostility towards Cuba and the Trump Administration programs like the new U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights and the first two of promised annual Ministerials on International Religious Freedom are really designed to solidify that U.S. domestic political support for the re-election of Donald Trump.”

    Some of the other Fictitious names registered by OUTREACH AID TO THE AMERICAS, INC. :
    EXPLORE INTERNATIONAL
    CUBAN CHRISTIAN RELIEF FUND
    AMERICASRELIEF TEAM
    OAA
    BENEVOLENT HANDS OF FLORIDA
    AMERICAS RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM

    Could this be one of the reasons why evangelical churches in Hialeah and in Miami are calling Spanish speaking latino church-goers to vote for Trump?
    Grant money to influence US elections?

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