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Rana Jawad

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423900

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423900.001.0001

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Poverty reduction and financial assistance

Poverty reduction and financial assistance

(p.187) Seven Poverty reduction and financial assistance
Religion and faith-based welfare

Rana Jawad

Policy Press

Considers the variety of ways in which religious groups deal with poverty, particularly in relation to low income. The chapter will describe how some organisations have set up credit unions, whilst others collect religious almsgiving such as the Islamic welfare tax tax zakat to distribute to socially disadvantaged families or individuals, The chapter also considers a variety of in-kind services such as re-employment, job advice, foodbanks and clothing distribution which alleviate poverty, purchasing goods locally to help local economic development or setting up ‘fair trade’ stalls. Thus, this chapter emphasises the moral mission which religious groups seek to accomplish which is underpinned by a particular understanding of human nature, social morality and order. The international dimension of this chapter will highlight how faith groups are particularly active in international poverty campaigning and humanitarian relief work.

Keywords:   Poverty, food banks, in-kind services, cash assistance, zakat, international humanitarian work

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