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Sustainability and operational challenges of Islamic microfinance in Nigeria: the case of Al-Hayat Microfinance Bank

Adnan, Opeyemi Salaudeen and Adam Sa'ad, Auwal and Suleiman, Hassan (2023) Sustainability and operational challenges of Islamic microfinance in Nigeria: the case of Al-Hayat Microfinance Bank. In: International Conference on Business and Technology, ICBT 2022, 22-24 March 2022, Hilton Istanbul Bomonti, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Abstract. Nigeria’s economy is currently the largest in Africa and the world’s 26th, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$600 billion (roughly N81 trillion) in 2017. Unfortunately, the prevalence of poverty in Nigeria is also grow- ing. According to the World Bank estimate, poverty accounts for more than 70% of the population, implying that over 130 million people live below the poverty line. Microfinance is one of the most successful strategies for eliminating poverty since it provides access to financial resources that can assist in reducing poverty by fostering financial involvement and empowerment. Despite the fact that there are over 800 microfinance banks in Nigeria, their contribution to the country’s economy is less than one percent. In addition, the basic objective of eradicating poverty has not yet been attained. Therefore, the extant literature has projected Islamic microfinance banks as a feasible solution to alleviate poverty in Nigeria, especially by looking at many Muslims in the country. Hence, Islamic micro- finance banks continue witnessing minimal or no development in Nigeria. This study examines the obstacles impeding the growth of Islamic microfinance banks and their commercial viability. It also aims to provide solutions and recommen- dations to assist Islamic microfinance banks in regaining the public’s trust by expanding their financial inclusion through various Islamic micro-credit products as a viable alternative to the existing conventional microfinance banks that offer high-interest loans. This study uses qualitative research techniques to fulfil its objectives. The data for this study were gathered using a semi-structured inter- view. The research reveals several regulatory concerns, such as licence processes and substantial paid-up capital, which is one of the most significant obstacles. Similarly, awareness, misconception, and compliance continue to be the most critical obstacles for IMFBs in Nigeria. Implications of the study for microfinance institutions, policy regulators, and recommendations have been provided in line with the main findings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: BPH Islamic Economics
BPH Islamic Economics > BPH72 Economic development. Growth. Sustainable development. Sustainability
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Institute of Islamic Banking & Finance (IIiBF)
Depositing User: DR. Auwal Adam Sa'ad
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2023 10:47
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2023 17:13
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/104313

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