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Financial Inclusion in India: Social Enterprises as the Unlikely Heroes

July 24, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, India, Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By D. Anisha Adhikari and Siddhant Mishra Financial inclusion in India has been the area of focus for the government and social enterprises for some time now. While the tribal populace, especially women, stay largely excluded from access to financial services, several institutions and government initiatives seek to address such a challenge.   Sukirna

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Mainstreaming Islamic Social Finance

July 24, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Asia - Pacific, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Ebi Junaidi and Primandanu FA Over the years, Zakah (mandatory alms-giving), waqf (Islamic endowment funds) and Islamic not-for-profit microfinance have been regarded as traditional and miniscule in importance. In this article, the authors present the

Islamic Endowment Meets Yale Endowment Model in SDG Path

May 23, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Yunice Karina Tumewang The economy underdevelopment becomes a mainstream problem faced by Muslim countries globally and remains obscure. Waqf is often suggested to be a panacea for that problem. However, the huge potential of utilising waqf for effective

How to Make Finance a Force for Sustainability

January 13, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Business Ethics, Climate Change & Society, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Dirk Schoenmaker Traditional finance focusses on financial return, considering the financial sector separate from both society and the environment. In contrast, sustainable finance considers financial, social and environmental returns in combination. In a

Indonesia Islamic Economic Project: A Disruptive Initiative for a more Just, Inclusive, and Impactful Finance

November 20, 2017 • Asia - Pacific, Responsible Finance, Top Investment DestinationsComments (0)

By Banjaran Surya Indrastomo Indonesia Islamic economic project was initiated in the periphery and has been expanding significantly in different spectrums generating both authentic and Islamic version of financial institutions. With the recent move by the

Almsgiving for Bolstering SDGs

September 23, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Randi Swandaru and Ebi Junaidi Almsgiving in Islam is not only encouraged but also obligatory under certain circumstances. The article aims to find answers on how the trend of philantrophy, together with Muslim traditions of almsgiving, can be a source of

Navigating the Investment Minefield

July 10, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital Markets, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By H. Kent Baker and Vesa Puttonen Fraudsters are always on the look out for prey – investors they can manipulate and take advantage of. The authors discuss 8 traps you should look out for in navigating through the investment minefield. After all,

Islamic Finance in Kazakhstan – The Future Hub of Islamic Finance in the Central Asia

June 3, 2017 • Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Mamunur Rashid  According to Malaysia Islamic Finance Marketplace, Zawya Islamic and Thomson Reuters, Islamic finance has been growing at a double-digit rate since the start of the new millennium.  In this article the author discusses the potential of

When Waqf meets Banks

May 30, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Personal Finance, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Ebi Junaidi Global economy has been leaning toward innovations focussed in achieving sustainability. Ebi Junaidi promotes the age-old Waqf “movement” established by the Muslims. The Waqf system, with its philanthropic nature, does not only motivate

Implications of Islamic Finance in Africa’s Socio-Economic Development

October 7, 2016 • FINANCE & BANKING, Governance & Regulation, Middle East & Africa, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Basheer Oshodi Africa, a continent which still feels the scars of slave trade, the wounds of colonialism and apartheid, the disaster of neo-liberalisation, and the proliferating neo-patrimonial governance structure. With unblemished evidence that the IMF