Cuba's top aid donors: 'We have a commitment to the people'

The National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba. While Cuba enjoys a relatively high level of human development, Cuba’s foreign aid donors are making a push for Havana to liberalize its political system to foster growth. Photo by: Cary Lee / CC BY-NC

Several months after U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to lift the United States’ 50-year-old trade embargo with Cuba, the U.S. Agency for International Development has given no indication as of yet that it intends to set up shop in the Caribbean country.

Yet even as U.S. aid officials mull their options in Cuba, the country’s long-standing foreign aid donors seem keen to step up their engagement with Havana — an apparent statement of confidence in President Raul Castro's market-driven economic reforms.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.