|Released nearly four years after FOIA submission|
Key portions of the 18-page document are redacted, so it is difficult to gain a full understanding of the project.
The document states:
The NewMIC Project is designed to enhance the [redacted] among Cuba's civil society, with a particular emphasis on supporting [redacted] through the application of [redacted]. Specifically, the Project will assist [redacted] in advancing their [redacted] including [redacted]. By providing [redacted], the Project will also foster freedom of expression among [redacted] for change, [redacted] and promote understanding of [redacted] among the general population as well as abroad.Freedom House ran the program for a secretive USAID branch known as the Office of Transition Initiatives, or OTI. (See "USAID hides money trail" and "The [redacted] USAID shell game").
OTI operated in Cuba from September 2007 to September 2011, budget records show. I sometimes wonder if they're going back in (See "Another 'window of opportunity' for OTI?").
In October 2011, I requested further information about the New Media Initiatives program under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.
In response, USAID in May 2012 released a 33-page document showing that Freedom House had operated the $1.47 million Cuba project from September 2007 to June 2009.
USAID withheld the project proposal and other material. I appealed the decision and USAID on April 10 released the proposal.
|Project goals are unclear|
|The document cites the importance of "capacity building"|
|Notation in margin: "Modest humanitarian assistance budget"|
|Testing an Internet connection? Satellite phone? Mobile phone network?|
|The document cites support of "political activists"|