The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV)

November 2018 to November 2022
US dollar and Philippine peso, 2016. Photo: Asian Development Bank, CC BY-NC 2.0

Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) require better tax and transfer systems if they are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Fostering sustainable domestic resource mobilisation, reducing the economic distortions that can result from poor policies, and supporting the provision of social protection for the poor and other vulnerable groups are all pressing priorities.

Policy-makers need to be able to assess the effects of their tax and transfer systems. They must also use relevant evidence to design policies which align with their political and economic objectives, and foster development and inclusive growth.

The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TaxDev) aims to contribute to more effective tax policy-making in LMICs through applied research and policy analysis, as well as a focus on improving the analytical capacity of partner governments.

Established in 2016 by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), TaxDev was extended for 48 months until November 2022 following a pilot phase which ended in March 2018. The project is now being delivered in four parnter countries, in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

 The objectives of TaxDev are:

  1. To support the increased use of evidence in tax policy-making in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda.
  2. To generate high-quality theoretical and empirical evidence on tax and development in low- and lower-middle income countries through partnerships with policy-makers and academics.

Activities and outputs from the project will be posted below.

Further information on the first phase of TaxDev can be found here.