The Seminar will present UNHCR’s best practices in Islamic Philanthropy (IP) for the benefit of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), in particular its successful experience with the launch in 2019 of the Refugee Zakat Fund, a trusted, compliant and effective distributor harnessing the power of zakat to transform the lives of refugees and IDPs, including in hard-to-reach areas. Supporting over 1 million beneficiaries the first year of its launch, the Fund is expected to reach nearly 2 million refugees and IDPs this year. With 85% of the $110+ million raised coming from institutional donors, the Fund showcases the core proposition of building sustainable partnerships with IP stakeholders to maximize the humanitarian impact of IP. Partnerships are key to the humanitarian response to displacement crisis, in a time when 1% of humanity has been displaced, a scale that goes beyond the capacity of any individual organization or country to deal with. These partnerships are the result of demonstrated trust in UNHCR’s approach to governance and infrastructure, from collection to distribution, in addition to UNHCR’s expanding Zakat distribution network, currently spanning more than 10 priority countries of operation for UNHCR including Yemen, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq.
UN House, Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Virtual, UN House, Beirut

Starts Oct 6, 2021 15:00
Ends Oct 6, 2021 18:00