Press Release: New UN study on tax and social protection policies in Africa during COVID-19
In the first study of its kind on Africa, researchers found that tax and benefit policies provided limited income protection to poorest households but failed to offset the increase in poverty. Read more
COP26: Are We Ready?
On 28 October 2021 at 16:00 (UTC+3), UNU-WIDER organizes an online panel discussion titled COP26: Are We Ready? An international panel of experts specialising in mining, oil and gas will discuss key issues. Read more
Think WIDER Webinar Series – New perspectives on development
Think WIDER – New perspectives on development webinar series features a line-up of eminent researchers and development specialists who present their work and discuss new perspectives to the topic of global development. Learn more
NEW POLICY GUIDEBOOK: Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states
The guidebook is designed to help economic advisers to analyse country context and design interventions with the goal of enabling positive growth that reduces fragility.
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century – the Challenge for Africa
Our MOOC on industrial policy is open! Join this free self-paced course, with an instructor and regular opportunities to interact. Learn more
9 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Working PaperWhat are the drivers of tax capacity in sub-Saharan Africa?
There is limited research on the underlying institutional framework of tax policy and capacity: how tax collection efficiency changes over time and the importance of institutional factors in this process...Fiscal capacity General-to-specific Tax policy
Project workshopProject workshop: Fiscal states – the origins and development implications
Working PaperIs there a fiscal resource curse?: Resource rents, fiscal capacity, and political institutions in developing economies
States’ fiscal capacity plays a pivotal role in developing economies, but it is less clear what its determinants are or what explains cross-country differences. We focus on the impact of natural resources...State capacity Fiscal capacity Resource curse
ProjectFiscal states – the origins and developmental implications
Theme: Transforming statesFiscal capacity Taxation Building State Capabilities
BlogHow can developing countries pay for the SDGs?
With official development assistance under strain, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require developing countries to rely increasingly on their own resources...SDGs Millennium Development Goals Official development assistance
BlogDeveloping countries would benefit from improved tax collection: What can help?
The ability to raise revenues from taxes – called “fiscal capacity” – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state...Tax revenue Fiscal capacity Income tax
Journal ArticleThe impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Do intergovernmental transfers reduce revenues collected by local government authorities (LGAs)?...Fiscal capacity Intergovernmental grants Sub-Saharan Africa
Working PaperFiscal capacity and social protection expenditure in developing nations
There is scant analysis on the causal relationship between fiscal capacity and social protection expenditure in the developing world...Fiscal capacity Inequality Institutions
Working PaperParty system institutionalization and reliance on personal income tax: Exploring the relationship using new data
This paper explores the effect of party system institutionalization on the reliance of tax systems on the personal income tax...Income tax Fiscal capacity Bureaucracy