This publication is part of the journal (2011-2)
Purpose – Bringing more impact seems to be a real issue for social initiatives and organizations requiring
the adoption of new approaches. The paper aims to define an integrated approach for building, maintaining
and upgrading Islamic social finance and sustainable ecosystems.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a conceptual framework based on case studies
and literature review describing the methodology and the necessary steps to build sustainable ecosystems.
Findings – The paper shows the impact of building social finance ecosystems on tackling social issues. It
emphasizes the idea that solving social issues is everybody’s business – from governments to businesses –
and that those initiatives require sufficient Sharīʿah-compliant funding to achieve sustainability goals.
Research limitations/implications – The paper does not focus on the Islamic world experiences in
building ecosystems serving social causes.
Practical implications – The paper gives an overview on how collaboration between the different social
oriented organisations can enhance the social impact of the different initiatives. The aim is to ensure adequate
financing to all the ecosystemcomponents during the whole lifecycle.
Social implications – The suggested approach of building sustainable ecosystems can serve as a way to
assess the existing social initiatives and practices to find relevant combinations targeting more impact.
Originality/value – In the social sphere, the idea of building ecosystems has been explored in different
ways but never in a way that gathers all the components including finance providers, coordinators and the
different types of initiatives. The paper adapts the ecosystem concept to the Islamic finance specificities.
Keywords Waqf, Zakat, Islamic social finance, Social finance ecosystems
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