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IDS is at the forefront of international development. Working with partners around the world, we are transforming global knowledge to bring about equitable and sustainable societies where everyone, everywhere can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice.

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Working Paper

The Customer is King: Evidence on VAT Compliance in Tanzania

World Development 128

Value Added Tax (VAT) has emerged as one of the main modes of raising tax revenue worldwide, but has significantly underperformed as a revenue source in African countries. To improve compliance, Tanzania has introduced Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs), which automatically transmit information...

1 April 2020

Journal Article

The Role of Graduation Programming in Promoting Early Childhood Development: an Overview of the Evidence

Journal of the British Academy;(s2), 133–161

It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD). In turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Comprehensive economic strengthening and social protection programmes, such as ‘graduation programmes’, may offer a ‘double boon’:...

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Keetie Roelen & 2 others

25 March 2020

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