Thursday, September 20, 2012

NED publishes Cuba money list

The National Endowment for Democracy has again published a list showing how it distributes money for Cuba-related work. This is an important step toward greater transparency in taxpayer-financed democracy programs.Many other organizations refuse to release even the most basic information about their Cuba programs. The NED has bucked that trend, publishing Cuba-related financial information in its annual reports in 2010 and 2011.
How the NED spends its money is a matter of public interest. The non-profit organization received $489,271,705 in tax dollars from 2007 to 2012 for work around the world, according to USASpending.gov. The vast majority of the money - $488,946,705 - came from the State Department. The U.S. Agency for International Development chipped in the rest. (See breakdown by year, below).

In March 2011, the State Department said it was awarding $2 million to the NED for Cuba programs.
The organization said it planned to use the money to:
  1. Support independent, democratic civil society activists on the island, including journalists, unionists, teachers, women, youth and Afro-Cubans, and freedom of association and unionization efforts; 
  2. Cultivate the analytical capacity of existing civil society actors, with an emphasis on fostering new academic and investigative reports; and
  3. Promote greater knowledge of and adherence to international norms laid out in regional and global multilateral institutions regarding political, civic and fundamental human rights, including freedoms of association and expression. 
The memo also cited the group's partners, many of them based outside the U.S.:
NED works with a broad, bi-partisan coalition of partner organizations located in the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, and Latin America that provide direct technical, material and financial support to independent, democratic activists in Cuba. NED is also working to provide support directly to civil society partners inside Cuba, thus ensuring that the largest possible amount of assistance goes directly to democratic activists on the island.
Most organizations that carry out democracy-promotion work in Cuba do not publish the names of sub-grantees or the amounts of money they receive. Some of the most secretive groups include private contractors Creative Associates International and DAI, and such non-profit organizations as the Pan American Development Foundation.
I have filed Freedom of Information Act requests for information about these organizations' Cuba programs and have gotten little or nothing in return. (See my website the Cuba Money Project for more information about the ongoing FOIA requests).

NED President Carl Gershman. Photo: NED
If you are interested in learning more about the NED's view of Cuba, you might want to read about an Aug. 2 conference called "Pro-Democracy Movements in Totalitarian States." NED President Carl Gershman spoke at the event, held in Washington, D.C. (Download his remarks).
Below are the organizations that are carrying out the NED's Cuba programs. I am reproducing the list as it appears in the organization's annual report. (Note: The original list that I posted on Sept. 20 is below. On Sept. 21, NED asked me to post an updated list, which you can find here).
Cuba
Afro-Cuban Alliance, Inc.
$119,466
To continue the publication of the journal "Islas," which seeks to inform Cubans of African descent on the island and in exile about civil rights about racial discrimination in Cuba, the experience of civil rights movements, and tools to organize and bring about change. ACA will continue providing humanitarian assistance to activists in Cuba that work to promote greater public discussion about the racial issues on the island.
Afro-Cuban Alliance, Inc.
$5,000
Supplement 
Asociación Diario de Cuba
$79,392
To strengthen the ability of Cuban civil society to articulate its concerns and to promote freedom of expression. Diario de Cuba will engage independent journalists, artists, intellectuals and academics in Cuba to promote greater analysis on social, political, economic and cultural developments in Cuba. Diario de Cuba will showcase this information on its digital media platform at www.diariodecuba.com. 
Asociación Diario de Cuba
$4,392
Supplement 
Asociación Jurídica Cubana
$10,182 
Center for a Free Cuba
$25,000
To provide additional humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their families, human rights activists, youth activists, lawyers, teachers, artists and victims of repression in Cuba. In addition to humanitarian assistance, the Center will provide independent, democratic activists with important material support that will permit them to carry out their work in a more effective manner. 
Center for a Free Cuba
$30,000
To provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their families, and victims of repression in Cuba. The Center will also provide financial support, equipment and materials to independent democratic activists, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, youth and artists.

Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina
$74,128
To continue to support and raise the visibility of pro-democracy actors and human rights advocates in Cuba; and to advocate for international attention to Cuban democracy activists and their struggle for political pluralism. 
Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina
$35,000
To support and raise the visibility of pro-democracy actors and human rights advocates in Cuba. The organization will advocate for international attention to Cuban democracy activists and their struggle for political pluralism. 
Committee for Free Trade Unionism
$85,000
To promote inter-regional cooperation among labor unions in Latin America, Europe and the U.S. CFTU will continue to develop an international campaign to build support for independent unionists in Cuba. It will continue maintaining its website and producing a quarterly newsletter aimed at raising interest in labor and worker's rights issues in Cuba. 
Cuban Democratic Directorate
$77,089
To increase the Cuban democratic movement's access to uncensored information through Radio República broadcasts. Directorio will produce and broadcast original programming aimed at providing Cubans with an independent source of commentary and analysis about events throughout Cuba and around the world. 
Cuban Democratic Directorate
$85,000
To increase the Cuban democratic movement's access to uncensored information through Radio República broadcasts. Directorio will produce and broadcast original programming aimed at providing Cubans with an independent source of commentary and analysis about events throughout Cuba and around the world. 
CubaNet News Inc.
$200,000
To support independent Cuban journalists as they produce objective media content about the situation in Cuba. CubaNet will also provide independent Cuban journalists with training on the use of new technologies. 
CubaNet News Inc.
$45,000
To support independent Cuban journalists as they produce objective media content about the situation in Cuba. 
CubaNet News Inc.
$7,000
Supplement.

Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba
$177,628
To promote labor rights and support Cuba's independent labor movement. GIRSCC will also conduct a worldwide information dissemination campaign on the situation regarding labor rights in Cuba. 
Instituto Político para la Libertad Perú
$57,599
To provide youth in Cuba with training on use of the internet and social networking media. IPL will travel to Cuba to interact with youth contacts and provide them with training on democratic rights, access to information tools and international standards of freedom of expression. 
Instituto Político para la Libertad Perú
$4,128 
Latin American Federation of Rural Women - FLAMUR Inc.
$50,703
To improve the capacity of independent Cuban democratic activists to advocate for greater economic freedom and equality from the government. FLAMUR will provide grassroots activists with training to advocate for the elimination of Cuba's dual currency system. 
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
$395,000
To empower Cuban civil society by providing independent civil society organizations with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to contribute toward a more democratic society through technical assistance and information about other democratic transition experiences. NDI would also raise awareness about and support for Cuban-led projects for change among Cuban citizens and the international community through a weekly radio program and participation in international events. 
Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos
$67,434
To promote greater public awareness about human rights violations in Cuba. The Cuban Observatory on Human Rights, whose members are all former prisoners of conscience from Cuba, will work with counterparts on the island to document ongoing human rights abuses. The Cuban Observatory on Human Rights will use this information to prepare reports for the United Nations and international media outlets. 
People in Need
$115,202
To increase the free flow of information in Cuba and promote relationships between independent Cuban journalists and European media outlets. PIN will train independent Cuban journalists on new media tools. PIN will also seek to engage more Cuban youth and community journalists in independent journalism by creating grassroots, lifestyle magazines, and training grassroots leaders on how run small media enterprises. 
People in Need
$45,000
To increase the free flow of information in Cuba and promote relationships between independent Cuban journalists and European media outlets. PIN will train independent Cuban journalists on new media tools. PIN will also seek to engage more Cuban youth and community journalists in independent journalism by creating grassroots, lifestyle magazines, and training grassroots leaders on how run small media enterprises. 
People in Peril Association CVO
$25,000
To encourage critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas among youth in Cuba; and to strengthen the training and pedagogical capacity of informal educators and independent librarians in Cuba. PIPA will develop an educational toolkit and train independent educators and independent librarians on how to encourage discussion among youth. 
People in Peril Association CVO
$22,746
To encourage critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas among youth in Cuba; and to strengthen the training and pedagogical capacity of informal educators and independent librarians in Cuba. PIPA will develop an educational toolkit and train independent educators and independent librarians on how to encourage discussion among youth. 
People in Peril Association CVO
$2,746
Supplement

3 comments:

Circlesonline said...

Hi Tracey, can we republish this piece in Havana Times. Saludos, Circles

Circlesonline said...

Please send the answer to:
circlesrobinson@gmail.com

jmalvarez2013 said...

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