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Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Islamic Microfinance Programme: Experience of Lembaga Zakat Selangor

Hamdinio, Hamdan and Pazim @ Fadzim, Othman and Wan Sabri, Wan Hussin (2015) Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Islamic Microfinance Programme: Experience of Lembaga Zakat Selangor. Jurnal Evolusi, 4 (1). pp. 13-32.

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Many experiences round the globe showed that Islamic microfinance program (IMP), based on Syariah and Islamic finance concept, have been more significant in creating new job opportunities and generating income for the purpose of increasing social and economic status of the poor and alleviating poverty. The integration of entrepreneurial concept, training and microenterprises into IMP also contributes in increasing the effectiveness of the program. "Asnaf Entrepreneurs Development Program" (AEDP) conducted by Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS) is among the pioneers and most established IMP in Malaysia. The implementation of IMP, which was preceded by selection process of asnaf participant and also accompanied by training and good monitoring, is effective in developing asnaf entrepreneur and improving poor asnaf income. Asnaf entrepreneurs' development requires not only the provision of financing in an interest-free based system but it also needs the provision of other services. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a way to increase the effectiveness of IMP in Selangor. The approach used to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the IMP in Selangor is based on changes in revenue levels shown by participants of the program among the poor asnaf and then develop a concept based on the literature review, research findings and comparison with the most successful microfinance programs in Malaysia, namely Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM). This paper shows how in the Islamic perspective, spiritual development is necessary in improving the effectiveness of IMP in Selangor.

Item Type: Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic microfinance; Asnaf entrepreneur; Islamic perspective; Poverty alleviation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: School of Management
Depositing User: Aida Rashidah Maajis
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2017 08:38
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 08:38

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