Islamic microfinance as a tool for women empowerment and sustainable economic development goals in Bangladesh / Md. Shahbub Alam … [et al.]

Alam, Md. Shahbub and Uddin, Md. Kamal and Ali, Md. Jafor and Huda, Md. Nazmul and Bhuiyan, Abul Bashar (2021) Islamic microfinance as a tool for women empowerment and sustainable economic development goals in Bangladesh / Md. Shahbub Alam … [et al.]. In: E-Proceeding for Asian Conference on Business, Economics and Social Science (ACBESS) 2021. Center for Islamic Philanthropy and Social Finance (CIPSF), Alor Gajah, p. 121.


Bangladesh is now playing as a role model in conventional microfinancing programs in the whole world. Though the financial sectors of this country cover both conventional and Islamic modes. There exists some limitations of conventional microfinancing operating by the NGOs. The Islamic microfinancing programs are not enhanced in comparing conventional microfinancing due to lack of proper policy formulation. Most of the people are practicing Muslims and want to avoid interest. The Islamic financial institutions have been emphasized women empowerment through shariah-based microfinancing and achieving sustainable economic development. The main objective of this study to investigate the effectiveness of Islamic microfinance for empowering women and achieving SDGs in Bangladesh. The methodology of this study is based on secondary data includes existing relevant literature and annual reports of different financial institutions. The findings of this study show that Islamic microfinance institutions perform a significant role in empowering women as well as attaining SDGs and have a broader scope to flourish more by applying their various investment modes. This study will help to promote shariah-based microfinancing in the future and transmit microfinance systems to other countries of the world. This paper also tries to recommend some strategies and policy options to promote shariah-based microfinancing to reduce the challenges to ensure women empowerment and attaining SDGs.


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Alam, Md. Shahbub
Uddin, Md. Kamal
Ali, Md. Jafor
Huda, Md. Nazmul
Bhuiyan, Abul Bashar
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > Environmental policy and economic development. Sustainable development. Environmental management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > Microfinance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > Finance, Islamic
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Melaka > Alor Gajah Campus
Page Range: p. 121
Keywords: Islamic microfinance; Women empowerment; SDGs; Bangladesh
Date: 2021
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