Gender and Tax

There is relatively little research focusing on gender and taxation in developing countries, and particularly in Africa. Our research on this theme focuses on two main areas. The first is the representation of women in African tax administrations, and the impacts of their participation on tax collection and revenue authority performance. The second investigates the differing impacts of taxation on men and women, and particularly how both formal and informal tax systems impact on the livelihoods of poorer African women.


February 2017
Tax and Gender in Developing Countries: What are the Issues?
by Anuradha Joshi

This ICTD Summary Brief is the sixth in our six special research synthesis pieces, produced at the end of the ICTD’s first five-year funding period in Spring 2016. This brief explains what we have learned about gender and taxation and looks at: why taxation  is relevant for gender; where gender is relevant in taxation; bias in tax structures;…

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August 2018
by Kas Sempere

What does tax justice mean at the local level, and how can the experiences of informal market traders be linked with broader international campaigns? This blog draws out insights from ActionAid’s experience of incorporating the demands of market traders in Nigeria into its international tax justice campaign.

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April 2017
by Jalia Kangave

For the past twenty years, Maama Sula (let’s say) has run a small fast-food restaurant in a town called Wandegeya in Kampala, Uganda. She sources the bulk of her supplies from the women in the nearby market. Because her business is relatively well-established, she pays income taxes and Value Added Tax (VAT) to the central…

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