USAID: Keeping it in the family

The U.S. government has awarded $726,644 to a non-profit group linked to a lawyer who has called on the Trump administration to indict Raúl Castro on criminal charges. The Agency for International Development gave money to the Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund on Sept. 11. The grant will be used for … Read more

Barcardí pushing for Cuba Libre with U.S. help

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the Barcardí Family Foundation $1,553,494 for democracy-promotion work in Cuba. Contract records do not give details about the foundation’s plans. The non-profit organization’s “flagship program” for 2017 and 2018 is Cuba Decide, a citizen initiative aimed at organizing “a vote that changes the oppressive communist party-ruled system … Read more

U.S. touts $5 million program for entrepreneurs from Cuba, other nations

The U.S. government plans a $5 million “global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance business development and leadership skills, and build a lasting and sustainable network of young business and social entrepreneurs across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.” The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program will offer … Read more

U.S. to spend $1 million-plus to train Cuban students, young professionals

The State Department has launched a $1,033,086 project to train “emerging Cuban leaders.” The goal: To develop 20 to 45 university students or young professionals who will help boost democracy in Cuba. The State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, or WHA, had been scheduled to start the three-year-long project in September. According to a … Read more

NED details $3.8 million in Cuba grants

The National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., reported spending $3,814,328 on Cuba projects in 2017. The NED is more transparent than most organizations that finance Cuba projects, and routinely posts its Cuba spending on its website. The organization reported $180,882,305 in annual revenue in 2015, according to a tax return filed in August 2017. … Read more