U.S. government agencies reported spending $261,395,214 on Cuba-related projects from 1990 to 2020, according to USAID’s Foreign Aid Explorer.
The number doesn’t represent total U.S. government spending. Radio & TV Martí isn’t included, for instance. But a look at the $261 million in spending does provide a window into U.S. approach toward Cuba.
Almost half the money, $124,589,014, went toward “democratic participation and civil society.” Some $38,301,658 was labeled “human rights” and $25,220,049 went toward “media and free flow of information.”
The top five recipients were:
- International Republican Institute, $18,515,956
- Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $18,077,165
- Pan-American Development Foundation, $14,864,144
- Center for a Free Cuba, $12,915,566
- Creative Associates International, $11,170,671