ICTD Blogs

Commentary and discussion about taxation and development from international experts.

ICTD Supports New Project On Conflict And Taxation In Congo

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) is supporting two new and important projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The first project is a study titled Bandits or states?Informal taxation, governance, and creation of political order by armed...
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How Property Tax Would Benefit Africa

  New publication by Nara Monkam and Mick Moore The developmental benefits of governments taxing citizens, even for modest sums, are often disregarded. African governments have long depended on revenue from natural resources or foreign aid to fund budgets. While the...
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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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