ZAKAT AND SDG 6: A CASE STUDY OF BAZNAS, INDONESIA
Recent zakat distribution by the National Board of Zakat, Republic of Indonesia(BAZNAS), such as the construction of private lavatories for underprivilegedhouseholds, have contributed to the idea that zakat promotes the sustainability ofclean water and sanitation (SDG 6). However, this notion demands detailed academicexplanation to better understand it systematically. This paper thus aims to explore thedegree to which the toilet construction project has benefitted its recipients. This casestudy of BAZNAS’s project in Kendel, Boyolali, Indonesia, employs a qualitativeapproach based on participatory observation and semi-structured interviews. Thefindings explain the perspectives of local community after receiving the assistance,including the identification of reduction in numbers of local people affected bydiarrhoea. This information may validate the relationships between health, water andsanitation. Furthermore, the findings capture the involvement of local government inthe project execution. Thus, social and practical implications are revealed by thisstudy. This study pioneers the establishment of scholarly-based evidence about theprogramme of individual toilet construction executed by BAZNAS, and about theperspectives of its recipients in the wake of receiving the aid.
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