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Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
UNU-WIDER organized a two-day online conference on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa, recordings and presentations now available
NEW: Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) programme
The aim of UNU-WIDER’s DRM programme is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems and to strengthen their domestic capacities for revenue collection. The DRM programme is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). More
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Policy workshopSA-TIED workshop: Tax revenue mobilization in South Africa
Following the success of the August seminar on tax depreciation allowances and tax revenue mobilization in South Africa , SA-TIED hosted a workshop to discuss the issue further between programme stakeholders including staff from the South African...
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
Working PaperCombatting debt bias in South African firms: The case for an allowance for corporate equity
The problem of debt bias can be tackled through either disincentivizing the use of debt financing or incentivizing the use of equity financing...Debt bias Investment incentives Corporate tax
NewsDirector Kunal Sen contributes to blog on taxation in developing countries
The capability to raise revenues from taxes – often called fiscal capacity – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of every state, particularly in developing countries. They need higher revenues to invest in a number of economic and...Taxation SDGs Tax revenue
Book ChapterMining's contribution to low- and middle-income economies
From the book: Extractive IndustriesMining Development Tax revenue
Working PaperMining’s contribution to low- and middle-income economies
In several low- and middle-income countries with important extractive sectors, gross national income has developed favourably. Africa has benefitted most, particularly West Africa...Mining Development Tax revenue
Working PaperTax revenues in transition countries: Structural changes and their policy implications
Changes in the tax structure and category of taxes clearly matter when it comes to initiating tax policies. This paper employs data from a sample of 33 transitional countries over the period 1991–2014...Tax revenue Economic growth Transitional economies