Al Rayan Bank & Islamic Relief partner to support Sharia-compliant microfinance

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Al Rayan Bank & Islamic Relief partner to support Sharia-compliant microfinance Tagged with: corporate Funding microfinance Advertisement Al Rayan Bank has appointed Islamic Relief as its exclusive charity partner for 2017.Al Rayan Bank will work with Islamic Relief by supporting Sharia-compliant microfinance projects through fundraising activities. The projects will help people living in poverty to establish social enterprise businesses in their home countries and become financially independent.One of the microfinance projects Al Rayan Bank will be supporting is in Mali, West Africa. The project helps local women by making money available using the Islamic finance principle of Qard Hasan (loan without benefit). The women are then able to use the money to commercially harvest the nut of the African Shea tree and create Shea Butter, which they can then use to make various products.Seema Khan, head of major gifts at Islamic Relief UK, said:“Our microfinance partnership with Al Rayan Bank is an intelligent solution to helping people around the world out of poverty. The principles behind Islamic finance, such as the right for all people to enjoy a minimum standard of living and ethical limitations to what is in the public interest, have the potential to address many of the underlying causes of global inequality.”The partnership was announced at Islamic Relief’s headquarters in Waterloo, London earlier this month and is focused on the charity’s Sustainable Livelihoods programme. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7  207 total views,  3 views today  208 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Melanie May | 20 February 2017 | Newslast_img read more

As Saudis take over G20 presidency, they still hold 32 journalists, RSF says

first_img Receive email alerts December 3, 2019 As Saudis take over G20 presidency, they still hold 32 journalists, RSF says At the end of this forum, prizes are to be awarded for in six categories: print media, visual production, sound production, smartphone apps, innovation and media personality. The forum could have been the occasion for concrete progress on press freedom but, unfortunately, another opportunity has been missed. Ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Saudi Arabia is now one the world’s three leading jailers of journalists, along with China and Egypt. Saudi Arabia has been hosting the first “Saudi Media Forum,” which is supposed to discuss the current role of the media and the challenges they will face in the future. The Saudi authorities said around a thousand “journalists and experts from 32 countries” were expected to attend the two-day forum, which ends today, and that 20 conferences would be held on each of the two days. April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Saudi Arabia officially took over the G20 presidency yesterday but it continues to spy on and persecute journalists and bloggers, as last week’s wave of arrests showed, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today. The wave of arrests from 16 to 21 November demonstrated that the Saudi regime has failed to learn the lessons of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder just over a year ago, and that it is still violating journalists’ rights. News Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Follow the news on Saudi Arabia RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation center_img Getty images Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Condemning abusesMedia independence ImprisonedCitizen-journalists News “Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency must not deflect attention from the fact that it is still holding at least 32 journalists for arbitrary reasons,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We will not allow the international diplomatic apparatus to conceal the reality of this regime’s repressive methods. It is a cruel irony that the figure of 32 detained journalists is the same as the number of countries said to have participants in the media forum that Saudi Arabia is currently hosting.” RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News to go further Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Condemning abusesMedia independence ImprisonedCitizen-journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more The authorities have released all of the nine persons arrested last month, who included seven journalists and writers. But these journalists were subjected to full-blown interrogations and were freed only after signing pledges “not to interfere in matters with which they have no relation.” In other words, they were forced to renounce their basic right to freedom of expression. News March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more