The Royal African Society is hosting a launch of our newly published book Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development, the latest in the African Arguments Series. The event will be held at SOAS in London.
Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies and CEO of the International Centre for Tax and Development
Henry Saka, Commissioner of Domestic Taxes, Uganda Revenue Authority
Jalia Kangave, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies and Gender and Tax Program Lead, International Centre for Tax and Development
Chair: Professor Chris Cramer, Department of Development Studies at SOAS and Vice Chair of the Royal African Society
Register for the event via Eventbrite here.
Taxation has been seen as the domain of charisma-free accountants, lawyers and number crunchers – an unlikely place to encounter big societal questions about democracy, equity or good governance. Yet it is exactly these issues that pervade conversations about taxation among policymakers, tax collectors, civil society activists, journalists and foreign aid donors in Africa today. Tax has become viewed as central to African development.
Written by leading international experts, Taxing Africa offers a cutting-edge analysis on all aspects of the continent’s tax regime, displaying the crucial role such arrangements have on attempts to create social justice and push economic advancement. From tax evasion by multinational corporations and African elites to how ordinary people navigate complex webs of ‘informal’ local taxation, the book examines the potential for reform, and how space might be created for enabling locally-led strategies.
Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.