The ICTD is an independent research centre focused on improving tax policy and administration in lower-income countries.
We support our partners in raising more revenue to fund public services in ways that are equitable, efficient, and strengthen accountability.
In this way, our efforts contribute to advancing sustainable development by reducing inequality, fostering inclusive growth, and enhancing governance.
The pillars of our work are:
Rigorous, collaborative research
Purposeful communication and policy engagement
Applied research training and mentoring
The ICTD is based at the Institute of Development Studies. It was founded in 2010 and is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
The ICTD is overseen by an advisory group, which exercises professional due diligence over the management of the Centre and advises the leadership team on strategy. The members of the group are:
- Doris Akol, Technical Assistance Advisor, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, and former Commissioner-General of the Uganda Revenue Authority
- Mary Baine, Tax Programmes Director, African Tax Administration Forum
- Moussa Blimpo, Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; formerly Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region, World Bank
- Peter Evans, Director of the Chr. Michelsen Institute’s U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre; formerly FCDO Research Team Leader, Governance, Conflict and Social Development
- Andualem Mengistu, Technical Advisor, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department; Director, Macroeconomic Division at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute
- Shandana Mohmand, Governance Cluster Leader and Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
- Annet Oguttu, Professor of Tax Law in the Department of Taxation, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria
We deeply value collaboration. Our experience of conducting research in partnership with revenue authorities in Africa has demonstrated that it both enriches academic understanding of tax administration issues and generates policy-relevant knowledge that can lead to great impact.