The ICTD’s African Property Tax Initiative (APTI) was recently featured at the Urban Age conference in Addis Ababa. The conference, on the theme “Developing Urban Futures” was jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. It convened urban experts, policymakers and practitioners from sub-Saharan Africa and other world cities, and focused on the development of cities in rapidly urbanising countries.

On the second day of the conference, APTI was featured in a session titled “Financing Urban Futures” co-chaired by Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities and Urban Age) and Astrid Haas (Cities that Work, IGC). The starting point of the session was the fact that Africa needs to spend US$130–170 billion a year on infrastructure. With a financing gap in the range of $68–$108 billion, how can governments mobilise resources to fund this expenditure?

Dr. Nyah Zebong, the APTI Project Leader, gave a presentation, focusing on the role that property taxation can play in equitably raising revenue for urban infrastructure and public services. View his presentation on Slideshare and watch his talk on YouTube below: