Working paper nº. 11

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

Fecha de publicación:
Laurence Whitehead, Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University; Research Associate at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg

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.