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Title: Analysing Shariah-compliant microfinance : a case study of Uganda
Author: Al Saleh, Abdullah
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 2896
Awarding Body: London South Bank University
Current Institution: London South Bank University
Date of Award: 2016
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This study focuses on the impact of microfinance on the income and vulnerability of poor rural households. In order to clarify this question, the study examines household participation and access to credit through Joint Liability Lending (JLL) programmes, the allocation of household credit, and subsequent loan repayment. The study, the first of its kind conducted through extensive fieldwork in Uganda, concentrates on Joint Liability Lending programmes, instead of looking at other models of microfinance, because the Joint Liability Lending model targets the poorest segments of the population. Although the objective of poverty reduction is clearly included in most microfinance models, not all microfinance institutions have poverty reduction as a primary mission. Today’s microfinance industry consists of a wide range of institutions serving different market niches with the aim of providing small-scale financial services to businesses and households that have been traditionally kept outside the formal financial system. But these institutions do not necessarily have as their mission reducing poverty. The models described in this thesis provide clear evidence that Shariah-compliant financial principles can be compatible with microfinance and technical standards can be put in place, for example, through standard Shariah-compliant microfinance arrangements such as a murabaha agreement, or possibly even a mudaraba agreement. As shown too, the leasing or purchase of property or other goods can be accomplished via an ijara agreement. Elsewhere in microfinance, we have seen that bank accounts can be offered by banks under an amanah or wadia contract, while the community-based solution found in a takaful contract is ideal for providing microinsurance.
Supervisor: Taylor, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral