IDS Fellow Professor Mick Moore, who is founding CEO of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), has been appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).
The honour announced in the New Year 2021 Honours List recognises Professor Moore’s services to international development over 40 years. As a political economist, he has focused on understanding the dimensions of good and bad governance in lower-income countries completing extensive research in Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and India.
Professor Moore joined Professors Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Wilson Prichard in 2010 to found the ICTD based at IDS. This expanded under his 10 year leadership to more than 30 people with a global reputation for policy research that improves the effectiveness, equity and accountability of tax policy and administration in lower-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies said:
“This is a hugely well-deserved honour for Mick, who is a tremendous asset to IDS and a truly valued colleague. His pioneering work in the field of taxation and development has helped establish ICTD as an internationally recognised centre of expertise, working with partners to improve tax systems and promote equitable economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Commenting on his appointment, Professor Moore said:
“This honour is a testimony to IDS, the institution that has cultivated my career and my fantastic colleagues at the ICTD, as well as our esteemed partners who have been vital to the success of our work. I’m deeply grateful for their support and commitment to engaging in research to guide better policies and practices for financing sustainable development.”
Professor Moore has written and published extensively, including co-authoring the book Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform, and Development, which was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the best books on Africa for 2019. He has also carried out significant policy engagement, including advisory work in many countries in Africa and Asia, including recent work on revenue issues in Meghalaya State (India), Papua New Guinea, Somaliland, and Sri Lanka.
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