A June 2012 paper discusses the history, role and future prospects of local charitable welfare institutions, known as zakat institutions, in the Palestinian territories. Written by Emanuel Schaeublin of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Charity Under Threat? Zakat Institutions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, highlights the evolving nature and challenges these organizations face due to increased political interference and “reforms” introduced since the 2006 elections.
Return to a decentralized model of governance for zakat institutions
Develop one unified legal framework for zakat institutions
Work towards depoliticizing zakat institutions by restoring the implicit agreement of non-interference that existed before 2007
- Engage international donors to understand their concerns and work with them to rebuild confidence in zakat institutions