Head of National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro hopes zakat can cut the poverty chain in Indonesia. In the National Zakat Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) 2017, Bambang also appreciated the efforts to utilize zakat to achieve the goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"One of the things we expect from BAZNAS and other zakat institutions is how this zakat can cut intergenerational poverty," Bambang said in Jakarta, Wednesday (4/10) night.

Bambang pointed out that zakat can be used to achieve the target to nullify the maternal and infant mortality rate during childbirth. Zakat will accompany and ensure the child's growth to be healthy.

"Zakat continues to provide interventions in order that the first thousand days of infants should get enough nutrition and exclusive breastfeeding. This is one effort to prevent stunting," said Bambang.

He claimed, zakat can prevent poverty by improving the children quality of life. Later, the growing child is expected to be able to help others in the future. "Poverty should not be passed down between generations, but the wealth should," said Bambang.

With the zakat, said Bambang, there are non-government groups that help overcome poverty. He admitted, zakat funds should be given to 40 percent of the lowest income families in Indonesia.

"That's a priority for us to help because almost all the problems of poverty and inequality are there," said Bambang.

(source: http://khazanah.republika.co.id | transl: amelya/puskasbaznas.com | img: mediabanten.com)