About Us

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) is a global policy research network, devoted to improving the quality of tax policy and administration in developing countries, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 

Our objective is to contribute to development by:

  • Providing research evidence that will help make taxation policies more conducive to pro-poor economic growth and good governance
  • Generating and disseminating tax research to relevant policymakers
  • Sharing research findings, in order to widen and deepen public debate about taxation issues in developing countries.

We do this by:

  • Generating new tax policy-oriented research
  • Tailored communication and dissemination of the findings of the research, so as to increase and deepen tax policy debates
  • Building research capacity of researchers in developing countries, through trainings and by providing research grants.

We are keen to support, fund, and cooperate with research organisations that share our objectives, and willing to help organisations in developing countries develop competences in relation to tax.

Our History

The ICTD was formally established on 15 November 2010, by a consortium of organisations and individuals with an interest in tax and development issues. The ICTD was initially funded by a five-year grant from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and additional funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), which ran until March 2016. We are now funded by DFID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our Governance

The ICTD is overseen by the Centre Advisory Group, which represents a diversity of stakeholders and funders, who meet regularly to examine the programme and performance of ICTD and to advise the funders and the CEO. Its two main functions are to exercise professional due diligence over the management and strategy of ICTD on behalf of funders; and to assist the CEO and Research Directors as required to perform their roles effectively.

The current ICTD Centre Advisory Group members are:

  • Oliver Morrissey, Chair (academic economist)
  • Sol Picciotto (researcher, law)
  • Milly Nalukwago (Uganda Revenue Authority)
  • Nara Monkam (Director of Research, African Tax Administration Forum)
  • Alan Carter (‎Senior Economist, Tax Capacity Building Expert, HMRC)
  • Abiola Sanni (Professor of Commercial Law, University of Lagos)
    DFID representative
  • Vishal Gujadhur (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation representative)
  • Mick Moore (ICTD CEO)