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UNHCR launches Zakat app to unlock Islamic giving for refugees

UNHCR launches Zakat app to unlock Islamic giving for refugees

The United Nations High Commission for (UNHCR) has announced the launch of GiveZakat, an app to help users calculate and pay their . Money donated through the app will be used to support refugees and internally displaced people.

Zakat is the obligatory giving away of 2.5% of an individual’s wealth each year which forms one of the five pillars of .

The app allows users to choose which country their zakat will be spent in and produces bespoke reports, showing donors how and when their money has been used. The app also includes a blog section, sharing the stories of the families donors are helping.

Khaled Khalifa, Regional Representative at UNHCR, said in a statement:

“Zakat alone can be a game-changer for refugees and IDPs, many of which are poor, needy, debtors and wayfarers, rendering them eligible to receive Zakat… We wanted to make sure that Zakat donors have access to a user-friendly platform to easily understand how their Zakat (and Sadaqah) donations can make a direct impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable refugees and internally displaced families.”

On 18th December, UNHCR launched a “supplementary appeal” for its 2021 Covid response. The UN agency is seeking $455 million to support interventions for refugees, including cash assistance, prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV), and promotion of mental health and psychological well-being.

The app is available to download now on Android and IOS.

Helen Packer has a background in communications, digital marketing and branding, specialising in the not-for-profit sector. She is particularly interested in international development, human rights and foreign policy. Helen is currently completing an MA in International Journalism at City, University of London. Contact:

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