Parallel session
Using SOUTHMOD models to inform policy debates – examples from Africa

While the need for protecting the vulnerable has increased dramatically in the last few years, most developing countries face considerable fiscal constraints. The pandemic has further exacerbated this situation and policymakers are confronted with ever more challenging questions and challenges.

In this setting, it has become ever more pressing for governments to consider their tax and benefit policies carefully, weighing implications of existing and future policies for poverty and inequality while keeping in mind the government’s purse. 

This session is dedicated to discussing how the tools of tax-benefit microsimulation models can be used to provide evidence for governments on the (potential) impact of policy (reform) on households in these challenging times. Experiences from three different African countries using SOUTHMOD models to inform the policy debate on specific topics will be discussed, and lessons learnt shared.

Pia Rattenhuber | Chair

Pia Rattenhuber is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. She has previously worked for OECD (Department of Labour and Social Affairs), the German Ministry of Economics and the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin). She attained her PhD from Free University Berlin. Her works focuses on social protection systems, taxation and tax-benefit microsimulation models.

​Ronald Waiswa | Presenter

Ronald Waiswa is a Research and Policy Analysis Supervisor at the Uganda Revenue Authority and has previously collaborated with the ICTD on ground-breaking research on taxing wealthy individuals and public sector agencies in Uganda. Michael Falade is the coordinator of the ICTD’s Nigerian Tax Research Network (NTRN), and has a decade of experience working in international development as an evaluator and researcher.

Mbewe KalikekaMbewe Kalikeka | Presenter

Mbewe Kalikeka is an Economist and policy and research analyst with 8 years’ work experience.  He currently works as a Research Fellow at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) in the Public Finance Unit responsible for research and policy analysis in budgeting, public expenditure, revenue and public debt. He currently holds a Master’s of Science in Economics and Finance.

Geral Bazo | Presenter 

Geral Bazo is the head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Institute of Social Welfare (INAS), Mozambique.