30 years and $261 million later


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:

  1. International Republican Institute, $18,515,956
  2. Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $18,077,165
  3. Pan-American Development Foundation, $14,864,144
  4. Center for a Free Cuba, $12,915,566
  5. Creative Associates International, $11,170,671

Click below for an interactive graphic.

Below are two additional interactive graphics that can be used to better understand the flow of money:

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