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

The rise and fall of ZunZuneo

Trying to create a social network in Cuba is tricky business, especially if you want to hide from users the fact that the U.S. government is paying for it. But ZunZuneo grew rapidly, attracting 55,000 mobile phone users in Cuba by 2012. The U.S. Agency for International Development hired a private company, Creative Associates International, … Read more

Lawmakers want $20 million for Cuba projects in 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $982.8 billion spending package that includes $20 million for democracy promotion in Cuba and $12,973,000 for Radio and TV Martí. The spending would cover fiscal year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020. The House Committee on Appropriations included a request that … Read more

America’s unrelenting quest to derail Cuba

The U.S. government paid at least $227 million for democracy-promotion projects from 2001 to 2017. A detailed list shows that the projects ranged from complex multimillion-dollar initiatives to grants of less than $50,000. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department managed most of the projects. Annual funding peaked at $34 million in 2008 during … Read more