The ICTD is delighted to have hosted Ronald Waiswa and Michael Falade as Visiting Fellows at the Institute of Development Studies.

Ronald Waiswa is a Research and Policy Analysis Supervisor at the Uganda Revenue Authority and has previously collaborated with the ICTD on ground-breaking research on taxing wealthy individuals and public sector agencies in Uganda. Michael Falade is the coordinator of the ICTD’s Nigerian Tax Research Network (NTRN), and has a decade of experience working in international development as an evaluator and researcher.

They joined us in Brighton for a month, where they were involved in a number of activities with our team, including giving a seminar at IDS titled “Gender, and the Politics of Taxation in Uganda and Nigeria.” Michael shared insights on the politics of tax and governance in Nigeria, which has long relied on oil revenue. He discussed the role of research as an advocacy tool, and the challenges involved in coordinating a policy-focused research network with different stakeholders in the Nigerian context. Ronald presented his new research on the gender dimensions of tax compliance in Uganda. He posed the question: Are women more likely to declare and pay their taxes than men?

It was a pleasure hosting Ronald and Michael at IDS, and we look forward to continuing to work with them both.