La USAID toca al Instituto Republicano Internacional (IRI) para que toque en Cuba
(ATM)-The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded a grant to the International Republican Institute so it can continue its Cuba work through at least September 2016.
Two other USAID partners – the New America Foundation and Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia – are scheduled to end their Cuba projects this month, according to USAID.
The U.S. government is scheduled to spend $30 million to promote democracy in Cuba in fiscal 2016, up from $20 million in fiscal 2015, according to the latest State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.
In June, the House Appropriations Committee said USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy and the State Department would share the $30 million.
The committee also ordered that “grants exceeding $1,000,000, or a period of 12 months, shall be awarded only to organizations with experience promoting democracy inside Cuba.”‘
Dan Fisk is chief operations officer for the IRI. The group has carried out eight opinion polls Cuba. (En ALONG THE MALECON)