Eight are non-profit organizations, most of them large, established outfits. One company, Creative Associates International, is a for-profit firm and a top recipient of U.S. foreign aid money.
Curiously, three non-profits - the International Relief and Development, the International Republican Institute and the Pan American Development Foundation, each received the same amount - exactly $693,069.
One organization, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, or IWPR, looks like a newcomer to Cuba projects. It has received $3,118,058 in State Department grants since 2007 for work in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and the Philippines, records show.
Here's what the organization does, according to its website:
- IWPR works with local voices to identify the tough issues facing regions in conflict and transition.
- IWPR gives those who live the story the tools to report the story by setting up, training, and mentoring local media, strengthening their editorial and financial independence.
- Through sound reporting on tough issues, IWPR informs local citizens and advances global news.
- IWPR reporting shines a bright light on issues too often ignored. WPR makes a difference – strengthening civil society, enhancing democratic debate, and advancing peace and development.