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October 2012

Local Government Revenue Mobilisation in Anglophone Africa

by Odd-Helge Fjeldstad & Kari Heggstad

This paper examines opportunities and constraints facing local revenue mobilisation in anglophone Africa, with an emphasis on urban settings. It discusses specific revenue instruments and their effects on economic efficiency, income distribution and accountability. In particular, it addresses political and administrative constraints facing various revenue instruments and factors affecting citizens’ compliance. The analysis is illustrated…

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How Property Tax Would Benefit Africa

by Nara Monkam & Mick Moore

The developmental benefits of governments taxing citizens, even for modest sums, are often disregarded. African governments have long depended on revenue from natural resources or foreign aid to fund budgets. While the potential contribution that better domestic resource mobilisation could make to national finances has received greater attention since the 2008 global financial crisis, international…

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Mapping Property Taxes in Africa

by Riël C.D. Franzsen & Joan M. Youngman

Africa’s enormous challenges and equally great potential have led to intense international debate over how best to assist its citizens. according to the united nations educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (2009), the continent contains 33 of the 49 least developed countries in the world. Its population faces press- ing needs ranging from basic health care…

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Making the Property Tax Work

by Roy Kelly, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Joan Youngman

Students of public finance and fiscal decentralization in developing and transitional countries have long argued for more intensive use of the property tax. It would seem the ideal choice for financing local government services. Based on a Lincoln Institute conference held in October 2006, the chapters in this book take this argument one step further…

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