ICTD Blogs

Commentary and discussion about taxation and development from international experts.

Governing Lagos: The Politics of Reform in Nigeria’s Megacity

An excellent new study shows how reforming Governors of Lagos State, Nigeria constructed a new social contract around taxation In fifteen years, Lagos has gone from being a symbol of disorder to a widely cited example of effective African governance. The Lagos...
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Newer and Better? Reflections on a new dataset on taxation and development

  It is said that nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Yet, we neither have valid vital statistics nor reliable information on taxes for many developing countries. While the importance of taxation for development...
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Role of Tax Structures on Economic Growth: New evidence

The past three decades have seen sweeping changes in the means by which many developing countries collect fiscal revenues. From a heavy reliance on trade taxes in the 1980’s, many low and middle-income countries, with guidance and support from the IMF,...
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Why Good Tax Data Matters in Africa

  Big data has been creeping in all aspects of our lives. There is now an unimaginably vast amount of data, and it is rapidly growing by the day. Sadly, there is surprisingly little data - especially accurate data - on how much...
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Property tax in Africa: the ‘Cinderella’ of revenue instruments and why it matters for development

  It is well-established that urban property tax is among the most underutilised revenue sources in Africa. Many cities across the continent are economically booming today, with construction sectors driving economic growth and international investment in property rising. More often than not, however,...
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