ICTD Blogs

Commentary and discussion about taxation and development from international experts.

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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ICTD Government Revenue Dataset: Best Bet for Tax Data and Research

  I recently had the privilege of attending the launch of the ICTD Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) in Washington DC. Having had early access to this data for some time now, I feel well placed to shed some light on why...
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Corporate tax avoidance and development: opening Pandora’s box

  Taxation is important for development, not only because taxes provide the revenues to fund public services and infrastructure, but because they are a critical accountability link between governments and citizens. Regular headlines and report findings tell us that a major...
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