Ivanka Trump Launches Women’s Global Development And Prosperity Initiative Aimed At Helping 50M Women With Initial Investment Of $50M From USAID

Washington Post: Ivanka Trump’s empowerment plan aims to help 50 million women. So far, $50 million has been pledged.
“Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the president and a senior White House adviser, announced a new global effort Thursday to help 50 million women in the developing world by 2025. … For the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, the U.S. government will team up with several private companies such as UPS and Pepsi to ‘facilitate complementary private-sector investments to achieve our shared goals,’ Trump [wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal]. But despite the initiative’s ambitions, it is unclear how the White House-led fund would fit into the president’s broader skepticism about foreign aid. Notably, the government funding for the project will come from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) — an organization whose funding President Trump has repeatedly tried to cut. The relatively small sum the U.S. government has allocated for the fund — $50 million designed to help 50 million people — also stood out to critics…” (Taylor, 2/7).

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