The application of blockchain technology in crowdfunding: towards financial inclusion via technology
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The emergence of innovative digital financial technologies, namely blockchain and crowdfunding, indicates new ways to reach the poor and economically vulnerable groups. This paper contributes to the emerging literature on financial technology by presenting the case of crowdfunding in financial inclusion. The rationale behind this inquiry is to demonstrate the relevance of crowdfunding to financial inclusion, and how might blockchain technology fuel the development of crowdfunding. This paper also constitutes one of the first attempts to analyse crowdfunding in Malaysia and Shariah-compliant crowdfunding. In this paper, a desk research is conducted where journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, industry reports published on the subject matter are reviewed critically. To analyse the development of crowdfunding in Malaysia, 6 crowdfunding platforms are examined. The outcome of this research suggests that crowdfunding is a viable means to promote financial inclusion, and blockchain technology could help mitigate the current issues faced by platform operators.
Blockchain technology , Crowdfunding , Financial inclusion , Islamic finance and banking , Islamic crowdfunding
Tajul Arifin, A., Arshad, N. A., & Muneeza, A. (2018). The application of blockchain technology in crowdfunding: towards financial inclusion via technology. International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 5 (2), pp. 82-98.
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