UNHCR and TULUS Launch Partnership to Support Refugees in Malaysia
TULUS Pledges to fundraise US$600,000 for health, education, gender-based violence programmes
Kuala Lumpur, 24 March 2021 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and Tulus Digital Sdn Bhd have launched a partnership to strengthen support for refugee communities in Malaysia. Through this agreement, Tulus – a leading Islamic Social Finance crowdfunding Application – pledges to raise USD600,000 from 2021 – 2023 to benefit the most vulnerable refugees in the areas of health, education, and gender-based violence.
This pledge is all the more critical today in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations like refugees. There are some 178,000 refugees registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. Approximately 45% are women and children, many of whom are vulnerable and impacted socially and economically by the pandemic.
“One of the greatest tools to solve inequalities amidst a COVID-19 pandemic is fintech. Fintech connects users in such a way so that transactions are transparent, easy to perform, and allows donors to connect more closely to causes they can relate to,” said Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar, Chairman of Tulus Digital Sdn Bhd.
“The meaning of tulus is sincerity in the Malay language, and this App was built with that sole notion in mind - to be clear and sincere in everything that we do for our donors, beneficiaries, and partners, including UNHCR.
“Philanthropy has no religion, has no home address, is no flagship of any country. It is about humanity. And for that, we are motivated to use our digital platform to serve these communities better.”
In recent years, UNHCR has continued to strengthen partnerships in Islamic Philanthropy, tapping into Islamic Social Finance to assist the most vulnerable refugees in Malaysia.
“Onboarding Tulus as the first UNHCR Islamic Fintech Partner is a major milestone in connecting Islamic Finance to reducing inequalities and poverty amongst the refugee population in Malaysia,” said Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR Representative.
“Fintech is also an innovative solution in this regard. Turning to technology to mobilise public support, especially during times of social distancing, makes practical sense.
“UNHCR is honored to have TULUS as our first UNHCR Islamic Fintech Partner and we look forward to a long relationship that will significantly benefit vulnerable refugees in Malaysia.”
UNHCR leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of armed conflict, persecution, and human rights abuses. We deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food, and water, and help safeguard fundamental human rights for persons of concern, and find long-term solutions to ensure that those forced to flee from their homes are able to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.
Tulus Digital is an Islamic social fintech start-up that provides ethical payment facilitation for all Islamic Philanthropic organisations in Malaysia empowering the growth and wellbeing of the community by embracing the digital lifestyle. The Tulus mobile platform provides a convenient and secure online payment solution for all Islamic based Shariah compliant services and payment facilitation like Zakat, Waqaf, Infaq & Donation. The Tulus app is now available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.