Powerful synergies: gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability
The paper focuses on four basic tenants of the Islamic ethical system and treat the Islamic ethos as an ideal, through which socioeconomic policies dealing with poverty elimination are assessed.
- Islam views society as a unified entity in which individual freedom and human dignity is supreme although subject to the axiom of responsibility.
- These ethical tenants indicate that policies should not develop dependency, amoral activities, or lead to the institutionalization of poverty.
- Policies based on transfers that do not lift the poor from their dependency status should be avoided except in cases where such shift is not feasible.
- Based on the conceptual and empirical evidence, the paper concludes that Islamic ethics support a poverty-alleviation strategy based on the principle of promoting economic growth with productive equity.