International Centre for Tax and Development

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International Centre for Tax and Development
ICTD logo.png
Abbreviation ICTD
Formation 2010
Type research centre
Headquarters Library Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RE
Mick Moore (political economist)

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) is a research centre based at the Institute of Development Studies, and funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Founded in 2010 with close to £6 million in funding, its mission is to generate knowledge that will help developing countries to mobilise domestic resources efficiently, effectively, and equitably, and develop tax systems that promote good governance and pro-poor economic growth.[1][2]

Towards these ends, the ICTD fosters a network of social science researchers from developing countries to engage with taxation issues by funding research, building research capacity through courses and workshops, and collaborating with a range of partners including the African Tax Administration Forum, the Institute for Security Studies, and the Chr. Michelsen Institute.[3][4][5] It also aims to disseminate its research evidence to policymakers through its publications and annual centre meetings in Africa.[6][7] By sharing its research findings, the ICTD aims to widen the public debate on taxation and governance in developing countries.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]


The ICTD's research aims to generate knowledge to help develop better tax systems in the developing world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. To this end, the ICTD conducts and provides grants for research along the following themes:

  • International Tax
  • Local Government Tax
  • Tax Administration and Reform
  • Taxpayer Compliance and Perceptions
  • Informal Sector Tax
  • Natural Resource Tax
  • Taxation in Post-Conflict States
  • Cross-National Tax Data and Econometrics

In order to facilitate better research on tax issues, the ICTD created the Government Revenue Dataset, the most complete and accurate cross-country dataset on government revenue, which importantly separates natural resource revenue from other revenue streams.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21]


ICTD has published and supported the publication of many working papers, policy briefings, journal articles, and books. In January 2015, a report written by the ICTD's CEO Mick Moore and ATAF's Nara Monkam was published about how property tax would benefit Africa, which was subsequently discussed by The Africa Report.[22]


  1. ^ "Research for Development Project Record/ International Centre for Tax and Development". DFID. 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Beyond Magic Bullets in Governance Reform". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 2014. 
  3. ^ "International Centre for Tax and Development". Institute of Development Studies. 2015. 
  4. ^ "RRA urged to embrace best international taxation practices". The New Times. 2015. 
  5. ^ "Tax incentives and exemptions not necessary to attract investment". Institute of Development Studies. 2014. 
  6. ^ "$2.48 Billion is what Dar has lost through trade misinvoicing in a decade". Empire Voice. 2014. 
  7. ^ "How TZ loses $248m to miners". The Citizen. 2014. 
  8. ^ "UK urged to support Zambia's tax-raising from multinationals". The Guardian. 2012. 
  9. ^ "Africa:pumping up the tax volume". Public Finance. 2015. 
  10. ^ "Africa: Tax Targeting Won't Work and Could Undermine SDGs". 2015. 
  11. ^ "IDS: Taxes Help Spur Development". Voice of America. 2015. 
  12. ^ "Africa's Tax Systems: Progress, but What's the Next Generation of Reforms?". World Bank. 2013. 
  13. ^ "Zambia: Unequal Wealth Share Worries ICTD". 2012. 
  14. ^ "What happens to people's willingness to pay tax when the richest dodge their responsibilities?". 2014. 
  15. ^ "Global tax-comparison database launched to boost transparency". Public Finance. 2014. 
  16. ^ "How can we better compare fiscal fundamentals?". Public Finance. 2014. 
  17. ^ "Bad Tax Data, Bad Tax Research? Introducing the New Government Revenue Dataset". Center for Global Development. 2014. 
  18. ^ "New Global Tax Dataset Offers Unique Opportunity for International Comparison of Government Revenue". Institute of Development Studies. 2014. 
  19. ^ "The ICTD Government Revenue Dataset/ICTD Working Paper 19". DFID. 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Launch of the International Centre for Tax and Development Government Revenue Dataset". Munk School of Global Affairs. 2014. 
  21. ^ "The ICTD Government Revenue Dataset". Social Science Research Network. 2014. SSRN 2496442Freely accessible. 
  22. ^ "Lagos proves Africa's Property Tax Potential". The Africa Report. 2015. 

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