Initiative pour la Taxe Fonciere en Afrique (APTI) (Version Française

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Objectives

Although property taxation is widely known to be among the best forms of taxation for ensuring equity, economic growth, and providing stable funding for local governments, it has remained highly underused in many parts of the world, including Africa. This has created a vital need for improved property tax policies and implementation frameworks on the continent. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) is pleased to introduce the African Property Tax Initiative (APTI).

APTI’s main objective is to stimulate and encourage wider use of more effective property tax systems in Africa. We are working to build the critical mass needed to successfully support African governments that are considering or currently undertaking property tax reforms. To this end, APTI is currently engaged in:

  • Establishing a well-resourced network of property tax practitioners, policymakers, and researchers who can support and learn from each other, and
  • Producing and disseminating robust research on key themes to inform policy and practice.

Areas of Focus

Over the next two years, APTI's activities will focus on four priority themes, namely: 

1. Strengthening the use of information technology for property tax,

2. Exploring locally appropriate approaches to valuation,

3. Examining the roles of local and central governments in property tax collection, and 

4. Investigating the link between property taxation and public services in enhancing the relationship between governments and citizens.

Value Proposition

To successfully support property tax reform across Africa, APTI’s activities are designed to enhance opportunities for collaboration and provide real benefits to participating stakeholders. Therefore, APTI will generate and organise:

  • Quality research outputs such as working papers, policy briefs, and practical guides that offer insight into issues inhibiting the fulfilment of property taxation’s potential, and lessons for improving outcomes;
  • Capacity building events tailored to increase understanding of political and operational property tax issues for professionals in both central and local governments; and
  • Network meetings that will be a unique platform for dialogue, bringing together stakeholders to share their experiences, debate salient issues, and lead Africa’s agenda on property taxation.

Organisation

The APTI will be a virtual network, formally part of the International Centre for Tax and Development. It will be overseen by a Management Committee comprised of:

  • Professor Wilson Prichard (University of Toronto and Institute of Development Studies) (Chair)
  • Dr Nara Monkam (Research Director, African Tax Administration Forum)
  • Dr Samuel Jibao (Centre for Economic Research and Capacity Building, Sierra Leone)
  • Paul Fish (Revenue Development Foundation)
  • Dr Tom Goodfellow (University of Sheffield)
  • David Nguyen-Thanh (GIZ)

The Project Leader is Nyah Zebong, who has a Phd from Dundee University in Petroleum and Mining Taxation, and was previously a tax inspector with the revenue authority in Cameroon. He will be responsible for establishing close partnerships with revenue agencies and researchers across Africa, who will become the drivers of the work of the APTI.

Opportunities for Engagement 

We are seeking to identify researchers interested in property taxation in Africa, with whom we can work, as well as governments with whom we may partner in offering advice and support, or conducting research. If you are interested, please contact Nyah Zebong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or Wilson Prichard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See our call for research proposals on property tax in Africa here

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