Working paper nº. 11

Governance challenges in contemporary Cuba: social policies and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Publication date:
06/2020
Author:
Laurence Whitehead, Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University; Research Associate at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg
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Working paper nº 11 (2020)

Cuba’s social policies are highly distinctive. They form an integral package developed over many decades. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 provide a relevant external yardstick that fits quite well with Havana’s current plans. But substantial further governance innovations would be required to bring the two together. The Díaz-Canel administration needs an attractive and unifying project, and a reinvigorated social policy agenda could provide the best option.