Tag Archives | Islamic Finance

Islamic Reporting Initiative expands Board of Directors

The foundation for the Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI) has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors; senior academic Dr Abdel-Aziz Sharabati and the award-winning entrepreneur Ms Amal Daraghmeh-Masri (pictured). Established in December 2015, the foundation has been set up to provide funding for the IRI, which is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. […]

Women in Islam – A Fair Share of Inheritance

By Dr Natalie Schoon, Islamic finance expert. This is an extract from an article originally published by Nina Iraq, and is reproduced here with permission. At a time when women generally had little to no rights, the Quran introduced equality between genders. Women were not owned by their husbands, but were considered independent and could have their […]

IFC Invests in Al Safi Danone Iraq

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is investing up to $18 million in Saudi dairy company Al Safi Danone’s Iraq-based subsidiary, to expand its operations in order to improve domestic food security, boost Iraq’s non-oil sector, and reduce its reliance on imported dairy products. IFC’s long-term investment, which is […]

Opportunities in Islamic Finance Sector

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged Iraqi banks and financial companies to expand their networks within the Islamic economy through Dubai which is working hard towards becoming the capital of Islamic Economy in the World during a roundtable discussion on “Islamic Finance” held in Divan Hotel, Erbil, Kurdistan. The meeting, which identified the […]

Dubai’s MAF Eyes Expansion into Iraq

Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim Holding (MAF), sole franchisee of hypermarket chain Carrefour in the Gulf, is to set up a sukuk programme (debt securities structured to comply with the Islamic law) as market volatility continues to thwart its plans for a conventional issue, according to a report from Reuters. MAF completed roadshows for an offering […]

Supporting Entrepreneurship in Iraq – The Challenge of Translating Mandates to Action

By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder and Executive Director at Ideas sYnergy, an Iraq based private sector development consulting company. Most development agendas for Iraq putatively support entrepreneurship and the need to support private sector development through its focus on the growing number of unemployed youth in the country. UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) recently […]

Unlikely MSME Financiers Provide Islamic Microfinance for the Poor

By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder and Executive Director at Ideas sYnergy, an Iraq based private sector development consulting company. Six NGO-microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide Islamic micro-financing Al-Murabaha to over 7,000 micro-enterprises, 14% of them women-owned small businesses across Anbar, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Tikrit. Al-Takadum in Al-Anbar pioneered micro-financing based on Islamic principles in 2007 and […]