United Nations Development Programme

The Role of Islamic Finance

The gap in financing for SDGs is currently estimated at US$ 2.5 trillion every year and Islamic finance could better respond to these needs. The core principles of Islamic finance are highly aligned with the spirit of the SDGs. The Islamic Development Bank found Islamic Finance to be especially relevant in addressing ten of the 17 SDGs, including goals pertaining to poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, financial stability, and beyond. In Indonesia, for example, UNDP is partnering with BAZNAS to apply Zakat funds towards local SDG plans, beginning with renewable energy projects in underserved communities. UNDP Indonesia is also working with Badan Wakaf Indonesia to collaborate on SDGs and develop a digital platform for waqf contributions. UNDP is also working with the Indonesian Ministry of Finance to support the issuance of their first $1.25 billion sovereign green sukuk.

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