NED failed to disclose 21% of Cuba grants


The U.S. taxpayer-financed National Endowment for Democracy in February published a list of organizations that received $5,077,788 in NED grants for work in Cuba in 2020.
The project with the highest dollar amount was worth $650,000 and titled “Promoting Greater Access to Uncensored Information to Cubans.”
The NED censored the names of 15 organizations or projects receiving a total of $1,062,136 in grants or 21 percent of the amount awarded.
The undisclosed recipients carried out a variety of projects. They included:

  • Promoting Access to Independent Sports Coverage in Cuba
  • Promoting Freedom of Expression in Cuba through the Arts
  • Promoting Independent Thinking in Cuba
  • Strengthening Access to Information and Enhancing Critical Thinking in Central Cuba
  • Promoting the Use of Data in Journalism in Cuba
  • Times of Change and a New Role for Different Sectors in Cuba
  • Fostering a Plural Information Space in Cuba

The full NED list is below:

The Advocating for a Human Rights Framework in EU-Cuba Relations
International Platform for Human Rights in Cuba
To advocate for inclusion of human rights and the perspectives of Cuban civil society as part of EU engagement with the Cuban government. The grantee will monitor the implementation of the EU-Cuba bilateral treaty and engage relevant actors in the EU to present them the views and needs of Cuban civil society. The group will also promote greater understanding of Cuban activists of the opportunities offered by the new framework of EU-Cuba relations to advance human rights in Cuba.

Documenting and Reporting Human Rights Violations in Cuba
To document and report human rights violations in Cuba. The organization will work with civil society groups on the island to document human rights violations according to international standards. Using this information, it will provide legal assistance to victims on the island, report on Cuba’s human rights record to international organizations and governments, and advocate for greater respect for human rights and protection to victims in Cuba.

Empowering Cuban Hip Hop Artists as Leaders in Society
Fundacion Cartel Urbano
To empower Cuban artists to promote citizen participation and social change. The group will carry out workshops, cultural exchanges and artistic events during its Hip Hop Summit in Colombia. It will promote South-to-South collaboration and invite artists from around the world to share their experiences of social transformation. The organization will mentor artists and provide technical capacity to strengthen their work. The group will also raise awareness about the role hip-hop artists have in strengthening democracy in the region.

Empowering Cuban Women to Reduce Gender Based Violence
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To increase Cuban women’s knowledge of gender rights and issues, enable men to become partners in these efforts and strengthen the ability of Cuban activists to promote and advocate for new laws and public policies that address and reduce violence against women, the Institute will facilitate a gender observatory to support the monitoring and gathering of statistical data around gender and political violence, as well gender clinics and laboratories to support participants to identify and press for solutions to the problem of gender violence in Cuba.

Fostering a Plural Information Space in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To promote freedom of expression and a plural and independent information space in Cuba. The organization will cover stories of Cuban reality on the island and of the Cuban diaspora. It will focus on making information available to broad audience in Cuba and will develop alliances with media abroad to reach a larger public.

Fostering Independent Thinking and Writing in Cuba
Editorial Hypermedia Inc.
To promote greater freedom of expression and independent writing among Cuban intellectuals. The organization will compile and distribute censored books produced by Cuban exiled writers to intellectuals on the island. The organization will conduct two essay contests to encourage independent writing among its target audience, and produce and distribute a bi-annual print magazine in Cuba. Finally, the organization will publish the winning pieces from its essay contests and present it at book fairs and other relevant spaces.

Fostering New Democratic Leadership in Cuba
Latin American Center for Nonviolence
To strengthen the leadership skills and organizational capacity of the Coalition of Cuban Self-Employed Workers (C3). With LACENV support, C3 will produce and distribute an organizational bulletin, carry out a fair for self-employed workers, and organize a workshop for women entrepreneurs. LACENV will also help C3 organize virtual and in-person trainings for self-employed workers, and include other sectors of the population in C3.

Freedom of Expression in Cuba and Inclusion in Latin America’s Regional Agenda
Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
To promote awareness and discussion of freedom of expression (FOE) violations in Cuba. The organization will engage with Cuban partners to incorporate Cuba into its regional reports on FOE and Access to Public Information. It will also work with Cuban civil society to prepare a comprehensive report that will be shared before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva. The organization will also conduct formal and informal advocacy meetings with its Cuban partners while in Geneva.

Generating Awareness on Cuba’s Role in the Region and Assessing Challenges to Democratic Consolidation
Transparencia Electoral
To promote increased awareness of Cuba’s impact on democracy in the region, and to assess the most pressing challenges to democracy in Latin America. The organization will carry out three conferences in Latin America to discuss Cuba in a regional context and assess the state of democracy in the region. The organization will also produce and disseminate a final publication on the findings of the conferences, and strengthen a nascent regional network to defend democratic values.

Integrating Cuba into Regional Media Networks
Investigacion e Innovacion Factual A.C.
To support and integrate young Cuban journalists into a regional network of digital media initiatives throughout Latin America and to highlight the stories of Cubans as part of the emerging leaders in Latin America. The organization will select, train, and mentor Cuban journalists on how to conduct investigative reporting, collaborate with regional peers, and publish stories for digital media outlets. The group will also include Cuban panelists at its annual digital media conference and profile Cuban emerging leaders in its publications.

Monitoring and Raising Awareness about the State of Human Rights in Cuba
Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos
To monitor and raise international awareness about the situation of human rights in Cuba, including the effects of COVID-19. The grantee will submit urgent requests for the protection of victims to UN agencies, and produce monthly reports, statements, and press releases to report violations to domestic and international actors. The grantee will expand its international advocacy efforts with relevant international stakeholders.

Promoting Access to Independent Sports Coverage in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To promote freedom of information in Cuba by providing public access to independent sports news and analysis. The organization will produce and disseminate journalism through its platforms that uses sport as a vehicle to narrate the political, social, and cultural realities of Cuban society. To attract a broader audience, it will place a special focus on creative reporting modalities to depict the daily challenges faced by Cuba’s athletes.

Promoting Access to Information in Cuba
Agora Cuba Inc.
To enhance access to information in Cuba. The organization will expand upon an existing online platform, which enables access to uncensored web-based information through email. The platform, which already provides online education, independent media, and social news services, will expand to include other new services and partners as identified and improve to become more user friendly.

Promoting Access to Uncensored Information in Cuba
Asociacion Diario de Cuba
To promote greater access to independent news and analysis about Cuba. Working with a wide range of independent journalists and analysts, the grantee will publish continuously on its digital platform. Collaborators will receive mentoring so that they produce content more independently and professionally. News coverage will focus on civil society actions, the impact of government policies, and developments in Latin America.

Promoting Access to Uncensored Information in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To promote greater access to independent news and analysis about Cuba. The organization will produce uncensored information on political, social, and economic developments in Cuba, including outside of Havana and more remote areas of the country. It will use innovative formats and multimedia content to bring stories to its audiences.

Promoting Accountability on Human Rights Violations and Social Conflicts
Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, Inc.
To fight impunity against human rights violations and to raise awareness about social conflicts in Cuba. The organization will work with partners on the island to document the actions and publicly expose perpetrators of human rights violations. The grantee will also support citizens to document and peacefully resolve cases of social conflicts in their communities.

Promoting Community Reporting in Cuba
Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresión y Prensa
To promote greater, uncensored access to information in communities throughout Cuba and to strengthen the capacity of community journalists. Based in Miami, the grantee will support six independent, community media outlets across the island to produce news bulletins for local residents. The grantee will provide its counterparts in Cuba with the equipment and technical assistance necessary to design and print these news bulletins.

Promoting Freedom of Expression and Independent Media in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To promote freedom of expression and a plural and independent information space in Cuba. The organization will increase its content production, focusing on social participation, democratic values, and civil society empowerment while covering issues of public interest in Cuba. The organization will use multiple types of media, including video and photography, to reach a larger audience.

Promoting Freedom of Expression in Cuba through the Arts
Cultura Democratica
To promote greater freedom of expression in Cuba. The organization will work with a collective of independent artists in Cuba to help them consolidate artistic projects on themes related to democracy, human rights, and historical memory. The organization will bring Cuban artists to Argentina for a series of public and private events with Argentine artists and intellectuals to increase awareness about the Cuban reality.

Promoting Freedom of the Press in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To raise awareness of freedom of the press violations in Cuba and strengthen its relationship with independent media and journalists. The group will collect information from independent media about freedom of the press violations that it will publish in its monthly bulletins and report attacks against journalists and bloggers. The group will disseminate this information on-island and to organizations promoting press freedom in the world. It will also will provide legal and financial support to journalists and bloggers who face press freedom attacks.

Promoting Greater Access to Uncensored Information to Cubans
Cuban Democratic Directorate
To promote greater access to uncensored information to Cuban citizens and pro-democracy activists and facilitate greater communication among them. The organization will produce radio programs with news and analysis, prioritizing topics such as the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on the economy, human rights issues, and the conditions of healthcare workers in third country missions. The radio programs and information about civil society initiatives will be distributed on social media. The group will also support civic activities carried out by civil society activists in Cuba.

Democratic Ideas and Values
To promote the inclusion of marginalized populations in Cuban society and to strengthen a network of on-island partners. The project will provide a space for these sectors of the population to interact, share ideas, and participate in dialogues about problems facing their communities. It will also carry out workshops for leaders on citizen participation, gender equality, human rights, and advocacy efforts.

Promoting Independent Thinking in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To promote greater freedom of expression and independent writing among Cuban intellectuals. The group will produce its online independent magazine that promotes debate around cultural and social issues in Cuba. Journalists, columnists, writers, and photographers who are unable to print their work in official media will have the opportunity to publish their opinion pieces in the magazine.

Promoting Local Accountability and Citizen Oversight
Accountability and Governance
To promote local-level accountability and interaction between activists and community members as they seek solutions to their local problems. The project will collect information, document issues affecting communities and demand for solutions before local-level entities. The project will also produce a newsletter to raise awareness of these problems and to connect citizens with initiatives and activists.

Promoting the Use of Data in Journalism in Cuba
Freedom of Information
Novation $91,319
To promote access to and use of public data from Cuba. The organization will aggregate publicly available data from Cuba and develop datasets to produce analysis on the reality of the island. The organization will collaborate with the press to help Cuban audiences have better access to information through data-based journalism.

Sharp Power and the Evolution of Politics under a New Constitution in Cuba
Gobierno y Análisis Político AC
Novation $115,000
To promote greater international awareness of Cuba’s power projection and presence in Latin America and to foster critical understanding of the implications and implementation of the new constitution in Cuba. The organization will conduct research on Cuban international influence, and the implementation of the transformed institutional framework of the state that the new Cuban constitution established.

Situated Journalism: Innovative Perspectives on Cuba
Asociación Civil Cronos
To enhance the capacity of Cuban independent journalism to cover different angles of violence and crisis in the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath, and to foster stronger ties between Cuban independent journalists and their counterparts in the rest of Latin America. The organization will develop a comprehensive series of online trainings on journalism that are relevant for a context of crisis. The program will bring together participants from Cuba and other Latin American countries to foster collaboration, using different styles and innovative media.

Strengthening Access to Information and Enhancing Critical Thinking in Central Cuba
Freedom of Information
To strengthen access to information and enhance critical thinking in Cuba. On a weekly basis, articles and audiovisual materials will be produced to strengthen access to information. Further, social media sites and other messaging apps will be used to increase on-island circulation of uncensored information on local and national social, cultural, economic, and political developments.

Strengthening Civil Society Capacity in Democratic Political Processes
Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos
To strengthen the capacity of Cuban civil society activists to promote democratic elections on the island. Cuban participants will join election observation missions in Latin America and attend workshops on election observation and human rights topics. The project will facilitate a discussion between its Cuban partners and Latin American electoral experts to raise their awareness about the undemocratic nature of Cuba’s electoral system.

Strengthening Critical Thinking and Democratic Values in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To promote critical thinking, the free flow of information, and democratic values in Cuba. The organization will consolidate the reach and impact of its digital publications. It will also work on publishing historic documents and materials on Cuban and Latin American history. It will disseminate this information and its publications in Cuba and the rest of Latin America.

Strengthening Democratic Dialogue on Cuban-Led Reform Ideas II
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To strengthen the capacity of independent pro-democracy think tanks in Cuba to develop objective economic analysis and reform ideas and to expand openings in civic spaces for market-oriented organizations to support a growing private sector. The center will provide support for two emerging Cuban pro-democracy think tanks to attend program management workshops off the island, provide assistance for on-island activities, and organize an international conference with other partner think tanks working in similar conditions or in a similar field of work.

Strengthening Independent Journalism in Cuba
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad
To strengthen the reporting and investigative skills of Cuban independent journalists and to promote greater interaction between them and their Latin American counterparts. The organization will train journalists on fundamental concepts of journalism, and place them with a professional media outlet in Peru for an on-the-job experience. The organization will also foster interaction between Cuban and Latin American journalists through collaborative investigative pieces.

Strengthening Independent Media and Accountability in Cuba
Fundacion Espacio Publico
To strengthen Cuban journalists’ capacity to promote greater government accountability in Cuba and to promote interactions and links among Cuban and Latin American independent journalists. The organization will carry out a training program on how to conduct investigative journalism. The Cuban participants will engage in exchanges with journalists from other countries, and will receive advice and feedback on their work from an editorial board composed of Latin American journalists. The organization will provide constant remote mentorship to the participants.

Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Civic Initiatives in Cuba
People in Need Slovakia (PIPA)
To strengthen the capacity of independent civic centers and initiatives in Cuba to promote democratic ideas and values. Based in Bratislava, the organization will work with groups of independent journalists, students, and civil society activists to strengthen their institutional capacity and ability to carry out activities more effectively. In addition, the grantee will organize a study visit for its beneficiaries in Slovakia.

Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Media Professionals in Cuba
Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. (People in Need)
To strengthen the capacity of independent media professionals in Cuba. The grantee will provide Cuban beneficiaries with training and technical assistance to produce uncensored content on social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Cuba. The grantee will also build the technical capacity of independent organizations throughout Cuba to carry out initiatives aimed at increasing the free flow of information.

Strengthening the Democracy and Leadership Skills of Cuban Youth Activists
Instituto Político para la Libertad Perú
To strengthen the leadership capacity of Cuban pro-democracy youth activists and to promote interaction between citizens in Cuba and individuals from Latin American democratic societies. The organization will offer online and in-person trainings on youth rights, youth participation in politics, digital communications, and international standards of freedom of expression and democracy. The group will also bring Cuban youth activists to other Latin American countries to interact with their pro-democracy counterparts from democratic countries.

Strengthening Tools to Measure Governability and Social Conflict in Cuba
Arlenica, Arte, Lenguaje e Investigación para el Cambio Social
Supplement $11,940
To strengthen analysis about governance in Cuba. The organization will develop a governability index to measure and compare Cuba’s political system with other countries in the world. It will analyze the Cuban government’s structure and performance in areas such as the rule of law, political participation, effectiveness, political stability, transparency and economic freedom. It will also assess the public’s satisfaction with its government and track citizens’ actions to promote policies that are more democratic through the creation of a social conflict observatory.

Supporting Human Rights Defenders in Cuba
Center for a Free Cuba
To provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their families, and human rights activists in Cuba. The organization will work with its partners to distribute humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their family members, and other members of Cuban civil society. To increase access to uncensored information, the organization will also provide human rights defenders with technical equipment to document life in Cuba and convey information to outside organizations and actors.

Supporting Independent Journalism in Cuba
Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)
To strengthen collaboration among Cuban independent journalists to promote freedom of expression. The grantee will work with several independent journalists and media organizations to promote mutual understanding and solidarity among them, and to strengthen their skills on the use of social media. The organization will also encourage and support collaborative efforts among journalists affiliated to different media outlets.

Supporting Independent Unions, Self-Employed Workers, and Labor Rights
Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba
To promote labor rights and strengthen the capacity of Cuba’s independent labor movement. The organization will provide independent labor activists in Cuba with assistance to forge a more coordinated labor movement on the island. In addition, the organization will work with a nascent association of self-employed workers to promote labor rights in the informal sector. It will also conduct an international information dissemination and awareness campaign on the situation regarding labor rights in Cuba.

Supporting Independent Writers and Artists in Cuba
Vista Larga Foundation Corp
To support Cuba’s independent writers and artists to produce and disseminate their work freely. The organization will help writers strengthen the quality of their work and publish pieces inside and outside of the island. It will feature their work in its quarterly literary magazine, Puente a La Vista, on social media and through videos on YouTube. The organization will also raise awareness about repression targeting independent writers, artists and musicians through online campaigns.

Times of Change and a New Role for Different Sectors in Cuba
Democratic Ideas and Values
To enhance civil society’s understanding and capacity to propose political alternatives. Activities will include research on the role of different state institutions in transitions to democracy as well as discussion of this subject among Cuban civil society representatives, with an emphasis on the experiences of other countries in the region.

19 thoughts on “NED failed to disclose 21% of Cuba grants”

  1. Vostros que te creas que en todo el mundo no existe una prensa libre de los politicos..estais en otra planeta o mas bien adictos al poder. Que derecho teneis para enforzar la mentalidad de los europeos en esa isla tan tranquila que mandan medicos en vez de bombas para auydar a la humanidad por todo el mundo. Sois unos sin verguenzones sin limites y sin conciencias. No te metas en donde no te llamas. Basta ya de la mentalidad del podeis ver que el socialismo funciona en Cuba ..dejales en paz por favor.

  2. Top of the list Cuban Democratic Directorate $650,000
    How much of that money is used in the U.S. to favor local and presidential Republican candidates in Miami?
    You see Orlando Gutierrez Boronat connected to the Epoch Times JOSHUA PHILIPP from this video you realize they use the same methods and similar misinformation networks, in Miami Boronat has Otaola and big army of human trolls on social network to promote de Trump agenda in Miami similar to what Epoch Times does, the new Cuban McCarthyism in Spanish in Miami supported by Marco Rubio, Boronat and company.
    Boronat with his Pal Trump and Paya
    or when he travels to Taiwan on U.S. taxpayer funds:
    connected to his pal Mario Diaz-Balart
    How much of this money is flowing to this new Cuban extreme right-wing misinformation network lead by Otaola in Miami ( Rubio’s creation via Rosa Paya) via third party subcontractors or other dark means?
    The main reason Biden lost many Hispanic votes in Miami and other parts in 2020 was the huge misinformation network created not by the Russians (inspired in the 2016 Russian success), but by Cubans in Miami using the same tactics used by Castro in Cuba forcing others to switch political parties to the party of Trump or being accused of communists and Cubans are used to “doble moral” and support the strongmen, so it worked very well with them used in Cuba to fear Castro and to express other political views , in Miami with this misinformation network they fear the same they did in Cuba.
    The connection Directorio Democratico and others and local Republican Politicians has been the status quo for some time, but in the last elections they showed who they really are, they don’t care about the U.S. democracy and they didn’t care putting the future of this country at risk using their Russian inspired misinformation network in Miami in favor of Trump, Maria Elvira , Gimenez and others..
    More on Epoch Times
    See their Spanish channel on youtube :
    You can realize a very aggressive misinformation one, replicated in Miami at a local level by Rubio, Paya, Balart, Boronat, Frank Calzon and the rest of the team bribing and buying Cuban youtubers of recent arrival disguising them as Cuban “patriots”, but what they really do is to promote McCarthyism in Miami to favor now the right-wing extreme Republican candidates with votes and to facilitate the process of getting Grant money when as the result Trump put Rubio and John Barsa (head of USAID) as the controllers or this money. We were so close to have a Fidel Castro or Chavez in the U.S to forgive what Rubio and company have done.
    Hope the Biden Administration gets it and inspector general offices and all agencies to conduct a thorough review of Marco Rubio and friends actions for the last 4 years for Trump especially the last 2 after when they lost 2 seats to Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powel in 2018 and what they did in the 2 years that followed up to 2020 to get Turmp, Maria Elvira Salazar and Gimenez and others elected, it needs to be investigate they went full Trump and used the worst tactics and this vast misinformation network funded by dark money and even indirectly with Grant Money.
    The Russian model worked and they decided to have their own in Miami with Otaola and a full army of human trolls.
    There was a time that nobody was paying attention these Cuban youtubers and misinformation network until you realize this was a well orchestrated operation in U.S soil in Miami in Spanish. That was pivotal to give Trump the state of Florida.
    This people represent a bigger danger to U.S. democracy from within that Diaz Canel from Cuba.
    They simply don’t care about U.S. democracy and sold their soul to the devil to a man Rubio once called a con man.
    Pro Trump event organized by Orlando Gutierrez Boronat of Cuban Democratic Directorate: prior to 2020 elections, seems Plaza de la Revolucion and Castro, the same.
    So all Boronat has done for about 30 years is to get paid by grants and donations and I wonder how much of this taxpayers money has been used for the Trump rallies and local Republicans and Rubio? This people don’t believe in democracy what they want is a extreme fascist dictatorship lead by Trump or Rubio in the U.S. that gives them money and power.

    • Very interesting comment. Do you have more evidences? One point is that the money is approved by Congress, Democrats and Republicans and it was used for Trump campaign in Florida.

  3. Event paid by the U.S. taxpayer

    On the list Alexander Otaola, KarlitoMadrid, Eliécer Avila y Manuel Milanés and some in Cuba, were full time Trump campaigners on their youtube channels. You call still see the Trump banners on youtube on their videos prior to the 2020 elections all their videos talk about around that time was calling on their viewers to vote for Trump or being called a “communist” in Miami. Attacking democrats and Biden without mercy. That’s wat U.S. taxpayers have funded on the name of Cuba.

    So this Colombian University USAID program is to promote freedom in Cuba or elections in Miami?

    By the way part of this vast misinformation network that needs to be investigated by the FBI seems outsourced to different countries in Latin America and Spain including a main actor, Colombia as one with some of the most Trump youtube channers and trolls.

    What this programs are doing is to promote the Trump agenda and having an impact in elections within U.S. soil.
    They can talk all they want about freedom in Cuba, but interfering in U.S. elections like the Russians did and funded with U.S. taxpayers money, now way.


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