The National Board of Zakat (BAZNAS) deals to give its contribution to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indonesia. The contribution with US$350,000 of zakat fund is allocated to renewable energy utilization program, which can support poverty alleviation and society welfare through increased access towards energy.

General Director of Renewable Energy Conservation and Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Rida Mulyana, said that this BAZNAS contribution is to support the development of micro hydro power plants in Jambi Province, Sumatera.    

“Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources welcomes this BAZNAS contribution, as around 30 millions people in Indonesia or 12 percent of total population did not have a suffice electricity access yet,” he said. He also added that in many Islamic countries such as Indonesia, most of zakat funds from zakat donors are distributed informally to their family, friends, and charity organization or orphanage which are not certified.

In addition, BAZNAS is a non-structural state institution which collects and distributes zakat, infaq, and shadaqah in Indonesia from its 235 millions Muslim population in the country or 87 percent of total population. Therefore, Francine Pickup, Vice Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia, stated that this BAZNAS contribution marks an important step on distributing the zakat funds to achieve SDGs. Also, BAZNAS is the first zakat institution in the world which officially supports the SDGs. The 2030 global development agenda, she said, is to eradicate extreme poverty, and zakat has a huge potential to contribute on this agenda.

(Source: http://kabar24.bisnis.com/read/20170720/79/673190/baznas-salurkan-dana-us350.000-untuk-program-sdgs-di-indonesia)