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Capacity Building at the ICTD

First module of the year-long capacity building program with the Uganda and Rwanda Revenue Authorities, Kigali 2019

Our Approach

We take a broad approach to capacity building, expanding beyond formal training to also include day-to-day engagements with our research partners. 

Capacity building at the ICTD consists of three broad activities:

  1. The research we undertake in partnership with junior and other researchers in which we transfer research skills.
  2. The support we provide to researchers to enable them to develop their research ideas from the proposal stage to the final stage of publishing their research papers.
  3. Capacity building training in the form of short courses and workshops.

In the past few years, the ICTD has hosted a series of courses designed to build research and analysis capacity on tax and development. We are now preparing to launch a new 2021 course that includes diverse methodological training, new material on tax & development issues, and individual mentorship for all participants

Applications are now open and will close on July 31, 2021. Come join us! 

'Research on Tax and Development' Course 2021

This course is designed to help participants gain a strong understanding of the current tax and development research landscape, learn basic research methodologies and develop their own research projects and ideas that can be used to apply for research funding or further support from the ICTD.

In order to achieve these goals, the course is comprised of a range of online and offline learning sessions throughout the year, including introductions to key themes in contemporary research on Tax and Governance, Gender, Informality and others. 

Participants will also be trained on how to engage with literature and develop research questions for proposals using qualitative and quantitative research methods. Training on project management and research dissemination will also be provided.  Research mentors from within the ICTD’s network will be assigned to help in the development of research ideas and projects.

Who is the course for? 

The course is designed for participants with an undergraduate degree who have some connection to the field of taxation (e.g. accountancy, law, economics, etc.) including researchers, revenue authority employees, civil society activists, journalists, academics, and anyone interested in learning more about tax and development and how to conduct research on these issues. 

The course is primarily aimed at participants from lower-income countries, although we may make exceptions in selected cases. 

What does this cost? 

The course is entirely free of charge for all participants. To the degree that travel (to training workshops) is involved, the entire costs for all participants will be covered by the ICTD. The ICTD will also support participants’ internet costs for online training sessions. 

Where is this taught and how much time will it take? 

The course is taught through a mixture of online and offline training sessions over a period of 9 months, starting in September 2021. The online training sessions will be primarily conducted through Zoom and the ICTD’s online capacity building platform.  We are currently aiming for the course to also include an in-person workshop, which would likely be held in a city in Africa, although this may change depending on the Covid-19 situation. 

The program has been designed to facilitate participation alongside full-time work schedules. Participants should expect to spend a few days throughout each month on reading and developing their research projects, and a few blocks of 3-4 days for intensive training sessions either in an in-person workshop or online training sessions.  

Participants and facilitators of the 2019-2020 course in Abuja, Nigeria.
Participants at the first session of the NTRN/ETRN Research Methods Training course at the FIRS Training School in Abuja, 2019.

Course Modules

Module 1: Identifying and defining research projects

Module 2: Connecting empirical questions with theory and literature

Module 3: Qualitative methods

Module 4: Surveys

Module 5: Setting up large datasets and organising information

Module 6: Quantitative Methods

Module 7: Communicating research findings and writing an academic paper

How Do I Apply?

The application deadline for this course is July 31, 2021. In order to apply, participants should submit: 

1. An up-to-date CV 

2. A brief cover letter 

3. A 400-word text that answers the following question: “What is an area of research on tax and development that you are particularly interested in, and why?”