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 lower-income countries. 

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 lower-income countries.

We do this by:

  • Generating new tax policy-oriented research
  • Tailored communication and dissemination of research findings and implications
  • Building the capacity of researchers in lower-income countries through training, research grants, collaboration and mentorship.

We are keen to support, fund, and cooperate with research organisations that share our objectives, and willing to help organisations in lower-income countries develop competences in relation to tax. The ICTD is based at the Institute of Development Studies

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 the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Bill & 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 Isingoma (Uganda Revenue Authority)
  • Alan Carter (‎Senior Economist, Tax Capacity Building Expert, HMRC)
  • Abiola Sanni (Professor of Commercial Law, University of Lagos)
  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office representative
  • Vishal Gujadhur (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation representative)
  • Wilson Prichard (ICTD CEO)