USAID: $3 million to expose “exploited” sex workers and other laborers in Cuba

U.S. officials on Wednesday announced plans to spend up to $3 million for a “development program” aimed at “exposing exploitation” of Cuban laborers, including hotel employees, sex workers and others who are ostensibly part of the country’s hospitality and tourism industry. The U.S. Agency for International Development will award as many as three grants worth … Read more

Trump administration boosts NED spending for Cuba

The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $5,405,400 in Cuba grants in 2019. That was a 16 percent increase over 2018 and a 42 percent increase over 2017. The top recipients in 2019 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), $305,726; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en … Read more

Public diplomacy or interference?

The U.S. Embassy in Havana plans to award grants to NGOs, institutions and individuals that would strengthen Cuba’s independent civil society’s “professional ties” with the United States. The embassy stated: The Embassy has particular interest in projects that highlight democratic values and increased access to information, benefit underserved populations, promote entrepreneurial skills development, and promote … Read more

USAID shells out $2.6 million for Cuba projects

In late September, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded $2,677,639 to six nonprofit groups for democracy promotion in Cuba. The recipients and grant amounts are below: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia: $750,000. International Republican Institute: $686,209. Outreach Aid to the Americas Inc.: $500,000. International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights: $325,000. Asociación … Read more

Big bucks for “battle of ideas”

The U.S. government spent $475,035,876 on democracy promotion projects targeting Cuba from 1990 through 2018, records show. The top three recipients were: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, with $39,769,619 International Republican Institute, $37,716,506 Pan-American Development Foundation, $36,961,556 Records show the names of the organizations that received a total of $363,725,255. See full list. The … Read more