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Zakah for Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Sudan


  • Ali, Khalifa Mohamed

    () (The Islamic Research and Teaching Institute (IRTI))

  • Elzahi, Abdelrahman

    () (The Islamic Research and Teaching Institute (IRTI))


In the Republic of the Zakah programme not only aims at short-term escape from poverty due to the programme investments but rather the provision of tools, livelihoods, and peace of mind necessary for participants to sustain themselves as they actively work their way out of poverty. The main objective of this paper is to determine the milestones of alleviating poverty through Zakah Systems in the Republic of the Sudan. More specifically the study seeks to examine the operational efficiency of the Sudanese Zakah Chamber (SZC); to assess the impact of the SZC on its targeted beneficiaries and to determine the extent to which the SZC is linked to the Sudanese Micro finance services (MFS) sector. A structured questionnaire is used.. The results suggest that despite some operational inefficiencies and the challenges facing the SZC there exists a positive and significant relationship between the programme and poverty alleviation in Sudan.

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  • Ali, Khalifa Mohamed & Elzahi, Abdelrahman, 2016. "Zakah for Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Sudan," Working Papers 2016-11, The Islamic Research and Teaching Institute (IRTI).
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:irtiwp:2016_011

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    1. Anna Carolina Machado & Charlotte Bilo & Imane Helmy, 2018. "The role of zakat in the provision of social protection: a comparison between Jordan, Palestine and Sudan," Working Papers 168, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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    Zakah; Islamic Microfinance; Poverty alleviation.;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General

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