15 January 2019 


This webinar discussed the role of Zakat Funds in the provision of social protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Based on the examples of Algeria and Sudan, different modalities of zakat, as well as the main advantages and bottlenecks of using zakat as a social protection mechanism, were described. While Elamin Ali (Sudanese Zakat Chamber) provided an overview of zakat in Sudan, where contributions are mandatory, Zine Barka (Université de Tlemcen) presented his research on the possibility of using zakat-funded transfers to alleviate poverty in Algeria. Finally, Mohammad Pournik (UNDP) provided relevant insights into the topic, based on his extensive work experience in the region.   


  • Zine Barka, Université de Tlemcen, Algeria 
  • Elamin Ali, Zakat Chamber, Sudan 

Discussant: Mohammad Pournik, UNDP 

Moderator: Buthaina Al-Iryani, UNICEF MENA Regional Office 

Registrants: 147

Attendees: 66

Youtube views: 185

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