At the beginning of the year 2018, Centre of Strategic Studies, BAZNAS (Puskas BAZNAS) that represented by M.Quraisy, Ph.D. welcome a guest from Turkey namely Mr. Murat who used to be a researcher in Bogazici University and currently a Ph.D. Candidate in INCEIF University, Malaysia. He intends to conduct extensive research on Islamic Microfinance in Indonesia and its relation Zakat, Infaq, and Shadaqah (ZIS).

Moreover, he is also trying to build a new model of IsMFIs about Financial Technology (FinTech) concept. According to him, BAZNAS and Islamic Microfinance Institutions (IsMFIs) such as Baitul Maal wat-Tamwil(Islamic Financial Cooperative) can play a significant role in eradicating poverty in Indonesia.

In addition to that, Mr.Murat also interested to take a research sample in some BMTs that had a cooperation with BAZNAS in “Zakat Utilization Program” in West Java province. Furthermore, Puskas BAZNAS and Mr.Murat also had the opportunity to meet Mr.Ali Sakti, a Senior Researcher from Bank Indonesia (BI) to get a broader picture and latest update about IsMFIs in Indonesia.

It is expected that in the future, there will be a cross-research cooperation between Puskas BAZNAS and BI related to ZIS and IsMFIs in Indonesia to deliver more comprehensive and up to date studies in this field.