• April 10, 2014
  • Report

Islamic banking in Indonesia has some unusual characteristics. Like most microfinance institutions in Indonesia, Islamic institutions, micro or otherwise, are generally private, for-profit institutions based on the intermediation of depositor funds secured on a competitive market.

In this they are different from microfinance institutions in almost every other country in the world. They typically have no explicit social goal other than profit maximization and conformity with Islam, though in some cases a social element is present, as we will see. Social impacts are thus the result of the market impacts of the Islamic institutions.

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