Call for research proposals on taxation of self-employed professionals


The ICTD is open to new research proposals on the taxation of self-employed professionals in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

There is considerable evidence that, in many countries, self-employed professionals widely evade taxes on their incomes. We welcome proposals to investigate both the dimensions of this issue and potential solutions. Research based on access to (anonymised) administrative data held by tax authorities is likely to be especially useful. The ICTD favours research proposals that will help build tax research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, especially within tax administrations and ministries of finance.

Please submit your proposal via this form. Submissions should include: 1) a research proposal document, and 2) CVs for the primary researchers. We will accept proposals on a rolling basis. Research grants can be small or large, based on the scale of the project proposed and the research methodology. For further guidance on preparing a research proposal and how we contract research projects, see here.

Please note: Due to the unprecedented challenges and risks posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are not funding new research projects anywhere that involve face-to-face interactions (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus group discussions) at this time. This reflects both immediate health risks and a desire to avoid initiating new activities that are at high risk of being disrupted in the case of further spread of COVID-19.

We nevertheless strongly encourage researchers to submit proposals for project preparation grants, which may fund preparatory desk-based research in support of a broader research project that may be undertaken at an undetermined later date. Likewise, we encourage researchers to submit proposals to analyse data that they already have available to them or to collect data that does not involve face-to-face interactions. 

We will regularly review this policy. Please send any queries relating to this call to

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