Is one strategy better than the other? Or does democracy-building in Cuba require a multifaceted approach?
Grupo de Apoyo para la Democracia en Cuba, or GAD, reported revenues of $1,237,623 on its 2012 Form 990. It spent $1,084,459 - or nearly 88 percent of its budget - on grants and other assistance destined for 450 aid recipients in Cuba.
The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, or FHRC, reported revenues of $1,370,165 on its 2012 Form 990. It sent $178,375 to an undisclosed number of Cubans to boost civil society.
The foundation spent 15 percent of its funds on office expenses as compared to less than 2 percent for the GAD.
The foundation's salaries were more than a fifth of its budget. The GAD's were less than 3 percent.
|Group puts a priority on putting aid in the hands of activists.|
|Grupo de Apoyo para la Democracia expenses|
|The foundation has higher overhead than the GAD.|
|Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba expenses|
- Empower Cuban civil society to build a durable democracy in Cuba;
- Enhance on-island civil society's awareness and effectiveness in non-violent activism;
- Facilitate on-island civil society with civic training materials, communication equipment, thematic "know-how" manuals (e.g. entrepreneurship, micro-financing, etc.) and financial support;
- Create awareness and document, within the island and the international community, human rights violations;
- Collaborate with international and on-island non-governmental organizations to provide for additional expertise and resources;
- Provide humanitarian aid.
- Promoting "human rights in Cuba through preparation of various publications both in video and in written form for training and awareness purposes to empower Cuban civil society."
- Sending "video productions equipment, training materials and other aid" to Cuba.
I wonder what strategies are most effective in Cuba. Is it best to spread ideas and raise awareness? Spread around some cold, hard cash? Or maybe a little of both.