Islamic Philanthropy as a global force for change

Islamic Philanthropy as a global force for change: A closer look at Islamic Philanthropy tools and how they are best utilised in non-faith-based NGO contexts



About this session

Islamic Social Finance (ISF), including Islamic Philanthropy (IP), is a system with more than 18 different tools. Some of these tools are suitable for commercial activities, while some provide an opportunity for social solidarity and economic development through IP. Each ISF tool has a set of rules according to Sharia (Islamic canonical law based on the teachings of the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet). Done right, particularly Zakat, Sadaqah and Waqf, are a potential solution to address several of today’s causes and SDGs such as poverty, displacement, climate change, and food/ water security, especially in member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This session focuses on the potential of IP, the presentation of the main tools of it, and how non-faith NGOs can partner with IP stakeholders for positive change.

This session is aimed at:

  • Fundraisers at entry and expert levels who operate or about to operate in OIC countries
  • NGO professionals serving or about to serve beneficiaries in OIC countries
  • Other fundraising and NGO professionals looking to diversify their expertise in faith-based philanthropy
  • Communication, advocacy and campaigning experts working or about to work in OIC countries.

What you will learn

  • Realize the potential of IP
  • Good understanding of Zakat, Sadaqah and Waqf as key IP tools, and how they can be utilized in non-faith NGO contexts
  • Good understanding of the link between IP and SDGs.





Khaled Khalifa (Saudi Arabia)
Senior Advisor & Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, UNHCR