|USAID chief Rajiv Shah. Credit: London Evening Post|
Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, wrote:
I am proud to announce a significant step forward in our efforts to deliver development results more transparently and effectively than ever before. For the first time ever, you can visit the Foreign Assistance Dashboard and check out how our partners have spent our dollars.*Below is 2013 spending data related to USAID's programs in Cuba. See the Foreign Assistance Dashboard for more information.
Today’s unprecedented release of new financial data includes over 30 database fields and nearly 53,000 records—all from the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013. Never before has our Agency published spending data so comprehensively and so soon after the close of the quarter.
This release is just the latest in a series of important changes we have made to advance President Obama’s unparalleled commitment to transparency and our own USAID Forward reform agenda.
* Shah made the announcement on July 30, so this is old news, but I think it's worth sharing.
There's more to write about all this, but I haven't had time to dig into it.
I haven't been updating Along the Malecón or the Cuba Money Project much at all this summer. I was traveling in Cuba in June and have been editing videos since then. I'll return to blogging as I have time.