Ivanka Trump Pushed A Program To Help “Very Poor” — But Nobody Defined Who That Would Mean
Ivanka Trump used her father’s time in office to promote herself, reportedly hoping to launch a political career of her own afterward. Now a new report shows that one of her projects can’t even be evaluated for effectiveness, because it was so poorly-managed.
According to the New York Times, the U.S. Government Accountability Office examined programs run under the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, and found numerous problems related to poor oversight. Among other programs were those intended to provide funds to small businesses owned by women, and to the “very poor.” However, as the government agency explained in its documentation (pdf), there were three problems with the programs’ ability to do so:
First, USAID has not identified the total funding subject to the targeting requirements. Second, although USAID has programs designed to help the very poor, it is unable to determine the amount of funding that reaches this group. Third, although USAID has MSME activities that benefit women, it has not defined enterprises owned, managed, and controlled by women and does not collect data by enterprise size.
Ivanka Trump, of course, was not involved with managing the programs, just with attaching her name to them when they were given credit for acheivments. For example, Voice of America News reported in 2019 on the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative’s efforts to support more gender-equitable laws in the Ivory Coast, and an energy inititive in Rwanda, describing this as “Ivanka Trump women’s initiative” doing good works, and quoting the former first daughter as she took credit and called it the “first whole-of-government effort to advance global women’s economic empowerment.”
Ivanka’s political aspirations have been sidelined for now, after her father’s fan base attacked the nation in an attempted insurrection earlier this year.