Latin America and Caribbean

Cuba 2016

 

Advocating for a Human Rights Framework for Cuba

International Platform for Human Rights in Cuba

$88,824

To advocate for consideration of human rights into the European Union process of negotiations with the Cuban government.  The organization will work with Cuban pro-democracy activists to enhance their understanding of the EU – Cuba bilateral negotiation process and improve their capacity to advocate before the EU for the inclusion of human rights into the negotiation agenda with the Cuban government.

 

Advocating for Freedom of Religion in Cuba

Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach for Cuba

$100,000

To promote freedom of religion in Cuba and to increase participation in these efforts among local faith-based groups. The organization will work with trusted partners to conduct group discussions, support religious education centers, and encourage interfaith collaboration.

 

Changing Cuba’s Media Landscape

Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. (People in Need)

$197,521

To strengthen the capacity of independent media professionals in Cuba. The organization will provide them with training and technical assistance to produce uncensored content on social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Cuba.  It will also build the technical capacity of independent organizations throughout Cuba to carry out initiatives aimed at increasing the free flow of information.

 

Constitutional Reform in Cuba

Centro de Estudios Constitucionales Iberoamericanos

$60,000

To deepen collaboration between proponents of constitutional reform in Cuba and to raise awareness of these proposals in Latin America. Two major conferences will feature discussions with specialists on constitutional reform in Latin America and Cuba. A portal will also be established to aggregate proposals and give voice to debates and analysis on constitutional and legal reform in Cuba.

 

Cuba Archive: Promoting Historic Memory and Transitional Justice

Free Society Project, Incorporated

$85,000

To strengthen the historic memory of human rights violations in Cuba and to contribute to domestic and international dialogue regarding truth, transitional justice, and reconciliation within society. The group will document and report human rights cases to expand its database. It will also expand its advocacy efforts by increasing its international visibility and fostering collaborations with its counterparts working on truth, memory, and justice.

 

Cuban Independent Artist’s Freedom of Expression

Cuban Soul Foundation, Inc.

$95,000

To empower independent artists to produce, perform and exhibit their work in uncensored community events. The organization will collaborate with groups of musicians to set up studio space and organize a series of events to display the work of artists participating in the program.

 

Cuban Voices: A dialogue between Mexican and Cuban Civil Societies Toward Political Change in Cuba

Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales A.C. (Comexi)

$120,818

To foster understanding of the lessons of Mexico’s democratic transition among Cuban democrats and present the views of Cuban democrats among the Mexican political and foreign policy establishment. The organization will carry out a series of public and private workshops and dialogues between Cuban democrats and journalists and Mexican social, political and business leaders. The grantee will sponsor a training and exchange program between Cuban youth leaders and Mexican organizations.

 

Cuban Youth Roundtable Discussion Group

Centro de Investigacion y Capacitacion de Emprendedores Sociales Asociacion Civil

$81,435

To strengthen the leadership capacity of pro-democracy youth activists in Cuba. The organization will conduct a capacity building program focusing on youth activism, social entrepreneurship, effective communication skills, and conflict resolution techniques. Additionally, the organization will promote solidarity among Latin American youth activists on behalf of their peers in Cuba.

 

Diario de Cuba

Asociacion Diario de Cuba

$256,250

To promote freedom of expression on the island and in the international community.  The organization will engage Cuban independent journalists, artists, intellectuals and academics to promote analysis on social, political, economic and cultural developments on the island.

 

Educating Activists on Democracy and Leadership Skills

Instituto Politico para la Libertad Peru

$99,992

To strengthen the leadership capacity of Cuban pro-democracy youth activists and to promote interaction between citizens in Cuba and individuals from Latin America. The organization will provide youth activists with training on democratic rights, youth participation, and international standards of freedom of expression.

 

Empowering Cuban Hip-Hop Artists as Leaders in Society

Fundacion Cartel Urbano

$50,000

To empower Cuban artists as cultural leaders to promote citizen participation and social change in Cuban society. The group will carry out workshops in Latin America, including professional trainings, cultural exchanges, and artistic events. It will also assist artists in developing their own social projects, which they will implement in their local communities.

 

Human Rights Training Academy

Human Rights

$18,356

To strengthen the human rights monitoring and documentation skills of Cuban civil society activists. Trainings will be organized, focusing on universal human rights values and the international human rights mechanisms available for their defense. The program will also equip trainees with the skills to report human rights violations to international human rights organizations.

 

Increasing Access to Uncensored Information

Cuban Democratic Directorate

$650,000

To promote greater freedom of information and civic activism in Cuba. Through its radio broadcasts, the grantee will provide programming that incorporates the views of democratic activists from Cuba and informs communities about local social, political, economic, and cultural developments.  The organization will also provide training and technical assistance to local grassroots activists to carry out civic and community-building initiatives throughout Cuba.

 

Legal Aid to Cuban Civil Society

Rule of Law

$27,000

To assist Cuban citizens and pro-democracy activists on legal matters. Research on legal matters will be produced and independent legal assistance will be provided to pro-democracy activists and the Cuban population at large.

 

Monitoring Human Rights in Cuba

Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos

$120,000

To monitor, document, and raise international awareness about human rights violations in Cuba. The grantee will work with human rights defenders in Cuba to enhance their capacity to use international human rights mechanisms to document and report human rights violations.  The grantee will raise international awareness about the state of human rights in Cuba.

 

Promoting Access to Information in Cuba

Agora Cuba Inc.

$53,090

To enhance access to information in Cuba.  The organization will expand upon an existing online platform, which enables access to uncensored web-based information through email. This platform also provides online education, web publishing and social news services.

 

Promoting Citizen Oversight of Local Governments

Operacion Liborio, Inc.

$40,000

To promote citizen oversight of municipal governments. The group will coordinate and assist with the consolidation of four observatories in Cuba, and train its leaders to document and present the people’s demands to municipal governments. The organization will also train and empower citizens to advocate on behalf of their communities for solutions to local problems.

 

Promoting Citizen Participation

Civic Education

$103,000

To promote citizen accountability of local government. Local community challenges will be documented and presented to local authorities to seek their resolution.  A newsletter to raise awareness of local problems will be produced.

 

Promoting Community Reporting in Cuba

Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresion y Prensa

$132,500

To promote greater freedom of information in communities throughout Cuba. The project will support grassroots groups across the island to develop and publish community-based publications to be distributed to local residents. The grantee will publish a freedom of expression report to inform domestic and international audiences about the challenges journalists face on the island.

 

Promoting Democracy in Cuba through Support to Civil Society

Center for a Free Cuba

$107,000

To provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their families, and human rights activists in Cuba. Technical assistance will be provided to democratic activists so that they can effectively carry out their activities.

 

Promoting Democratic Ideas and Citizen Participation

Civic Education

$62,771

To promote citizen participation and freedom of expression in Cuba.  Activities will include debate forums, panel discussions and other events to demand respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms.

 

Promoting Democratic Leadership and Values in Cuba

Civic Education

$130,000

To promote democratic values and ideas and strengthen the leadership skills of pro-democracy activists in Cuba.  A training program and information campaign on peaceful activism, community organizing, human rights, and democracy will be carried out.

 

 

Promoting Democratic Values Among Youth Activists

Civic Education

$26,521

To promote civic education among civil society activists in Cuba. A series of workshops for a diverse group of civil society actors will focus on the principles of democracy, leadership and communications skills, and grassroots organizing. Following the workshops, participants will have opportunities to put their newly acquired skills into practice.

 

Promoting Independent Filmmaking in Cuba

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc.

$49,843

To promote independent filmmaking in Cuba.  The organization will train Cuban filmmakers and provide them with the tools to independently produce films that highlight censored or untold socioeconomic issues in Cuba. Participants will also build relationships with filmmakers from other countries in the Caribbean by attending an international film festival.

 

Promoting Independent Thinking in Cuba

Asociacion Editorial Hypermedia

$61,767

To promote greater freedom of expression and independent writing among Cuban intellectuals. The organization will compile and distribute censored books produced by Cuban exiled writers among intellectuals on the island. The organization will encourage independent writing and will present the best works at international literary events.

 

Promoting Racial Integration

Plataforma de Integracion Cubana

$113,300

To promote greater discussion about the challenges minorities face in Cuba. The group will work with academics and on and off the island to publish an online journal on issues affecting the Afro-descendent, LGBTI, and youth populations in Cuba. In addition, the group will conduct various public events to raise awareness about these problematic issues and promote greater integration of these groups.

 

Promoting Youth Leadership and Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

$20,000

To promote democratic values among Cuban citizens and build the leadership skills of Cuban civil society activists. Project activities will foster social engagement and participation in the public sphere to generate increased support for and awareness of democratic values. Workshops on leadership, project management, and social entrepreneurship will be carried out to strengthen civic participation.

 

Providing Legal Assistance in Cuba

Rule of Law

$58,446

To provide legal assistance and training to Cuban citizens and civil society activists.  Activities will include the use of domestic channels for legal redress and when relevant, the use of international mechanisms to advocate for greater respect for human rights in Cuba.

 

Public Opinion in Changing Times

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$700,000

To increase the availability of data on Cubans’ public perceptions and to promote the collection of public opinion data by Cubans themselves. the institute will foster public opinion research in Cuba and train Cuban citizens to design, execute, and analyze public opinion surveys independently on the island.

 

Reducing Impunity Against Human Rights Defenders

Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, Inc.

$76,995

To promote respect for human rights defenders and accountability for human rights violations in Cuba. The grantee will work with partners on the island to document human rights violations; publicly expose perpetrators; report the cases to international human rights organizations; and seek protection for victims. The grantee will also run a campaign to raise awareness of the consequences of committing human rights violations under international law.

 

Regional School for Women’s Leadership

Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir AC

$87,000

To enhance the capacity of women in leadership positions to strengthen their organizations by incorporating a gender perspective. The organization will work with a group of women leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua and Mexico to enable them to act as agents of change in their organizations, communities and countries. The trainings and mentorship will enable the women leaders to carry out specific actions to foster gender equality and justice.

 

Strengthening Cuban Think Tanks to Promote Democratic Dialogue

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$141,931

To strengthen the capacity of independent pro-democracy think tanks in Cuba and to promote independent and objective economic analysis and policy proposals. The center will conduct a think tank mentorship and exchange program for two nascent Cuban think tanks, providing strategic mentorship, technical assistance, and support for the creation, dissemination, and discussion of Cuban-led policy proposals for Cuba’s democratic future.

 

Strengthening Independent Media in Cuba

Freedom of Information

$28,000

To promote greater freedom of information in communities throughout Cuba. Trainings for reporters will increase the capacity of participants and the project will also provide assistance to its partners to produce bulletins in Cuba.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society in Democratic Political Processes

Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos

$115,000

To strengthen the capacity of Cuban civil society activists to promote democratic and pluralistic elections on the island. The grantee will provide technical assistance to local partners to educate citizens on internationally recognized standards for free and fair elections.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Human Rights Lawyers

American University

$99,516

To strengthen the capacity of independent Cuban lawyers on international human rights mechanisms. The grantee will invite Cuban lawyers to participate in its annual human rights training courses. It will also facilitate efforts to raise awareness about the human rights situation in Cuba.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Civic Centers

People in Need Slovakia (PIPA)

$92,330

To strengthen the capacity of independent civic centers in Cuba and promote democratic ideas and values.  The grantee will work with civic groups to strengthen their ability to carry out their activities more effectively.  Additionally, the group will organize advocacy and training seminars for Cubans residing in Slovakia.

 

Supporting Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

$90,000

To provide humanitarian assistance and strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders in Cuba.  To better inform the international community about human rights violations in Cuba, an awareness raising campaign will be conducted.

 

Supporting Inclusive Civic Participation

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$700,000

To enhance the ability of independent civic actors to make their voices heard in shaping Cuba’s future. The institute undertake a two-year program to increase the capacity of independent activists to promote participation of Cuban citizens in local civic affairs. This program will include civic participation seminars outside Cuba, coupled with international outreach opportunities, and modest material assistance for participants to conduct skills-building workshops inside Cuba.

 

Supporting Independent Journalism in Cuba

CubaNet News, Inc.

$225,233

To increase access to uncensored information in Cuba.  The organization will work with independent journalists throughout the island to produce media content on social, political, economic and cultural developments in Cuba and will be published on its online media platform, through distribution mailing lists, and social media in order to provide access to uncensored information to Cuban citizens.

 

Supporting Independent Unions in Cuba

Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba

Supplement: $13,000

To promote labor rights and strengthen the capacity of Cuba’s independent labor movement.  The grantee will provide independent labor activists with technical and financial assistance in order to forge a more coordinated labor movement on the island.  The organization will also conduct a worldwide information dissemination campaign on the situation regarding labor rights in Cuba.

 

Supporting Independent Unions in Cuba

Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba

$230,000

To promote labor rights and strengthen the capacity of Cuba’s independent labor movement. The organization will provide independent labor activists in Cuba with technical and financial assistance in order to forge a more coordinated labor movement on the island. This Miami-based organization will also conduct a worldwide information dissemination and awareness campaign on the situation regarding labor rights in Cuba.

 

Supporting Independent Writers and Artists in Cuba

Vista Larga Foundation Corp

$80,000

To strengthen the capacity of independent Cuban writers and artists to produce and exhibit their work in uncensored community events. The group will provide mentorship for writers to improve their work and learn how to reach a larger audience. The group will also promote greater collaboration between Cuban writers and their Latin American counterparts.

 

The Perils to Order and Security in Cuba’s Transition to Democracy

Conflict Resolution

$39,000

To raise awareness of challenges to a democratization process in Cuba. Relevant factors will be identified that may endanger the success of a potential political liberalization on the island.

 

Times of Change and a New Role for Different Sectors in Cuba

Democratic Ideas and Values

$60,880

To enhance civil society understanding and capacity to propose political alternatives. Activities will include research on the role of specific institutions in transitions to democracy as well as discussion on this subject among Cuban civil society representatives, with an emphasis on the experiences of other countries in the region.

 

Working Group on Cuban Deliberative Democracy

The Public Agenda Foundation, Inc.

$50,010

To promote better understanding and use of deliberative democracy practices in Cuba. The organization will establish a working group with representatives of Cuban and U.S.-based organizations to exchange knowledge on how to best use deliberative democracy tools for community organizing and consensus building.

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