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Kelbesa Megersa

Research Officer

Kelbesa joined IDS in 2019. He is a researcher currently working for the K4D programme and is part of the Business, Markets and the State Cluster at IDS. He has an interest in broad areas of development research, with his main areas of expertise being in development finance, taxation and private sector development in developing countries.

As part of the K4D team, he helps time-pressured decision-makers working in development better understand, interpret and apply evidence, providing rapid reviews of available evidence. His subject areas within the team include private sector development, international trade, labour markets, development finance, and inclusive economic growth. His research at K4D supports learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes for DFID. The K4D team aspires to inform and influence international development policy on economic growth in low-and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Previously, Kelbesa worked as a doctoral and post-doctoral researcher for the Belgian Policy Research Group on Financing for Development (BeFinD) at University of Namur. Apart from his own research, he provided research-based policy support for the development ministry of Belgium. Part of his role was to conduct research on the Value-Added Tax to facilitate reforms in Belgium’s partner countries (mainly, in Africa and Latin America). The objective was to improve Domestic Resource Mobilization in partner countries, in line with the current global ‘Financing for Development’ agenda. He was also involved in the administration of the research group – monitoring overall work progress, preparing annual financial reports and writing annual project reports. Before his position at BeFinD, he was a PhD student at University of Antwerp – conducting research on public finance challenges in developing countries.



K4D Learning Journey on Tax and Gender

K4D provides the UK Department for International Development with facilitated learning activities to explore and respond to complex, interdisciplinary development issues of strategic importance to policy, programming and organisational learning.


K4D Learning Products

K4D produces a variety of Learning Products to support and enhance learning and update alongside the Helpdesk Reports. The majority of these are commissioned through Learning Journeys although some are to support individual events such as professional development conferences, or...


K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub

The K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together learning across DFID and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.


K4D Learning Journeys

K4D Learning Journeys are collaborative across disciplines, usually involve other UK government departments and development partners, and provide spaces for discussion and reflection linked to real case working scenarios and application. They are facilitated by thematic experts and supported by...



Financial Inclusion in a Refugee Response

K4D Helpdesk Report

The growing scope, frequency, and complexity of forced displacement, both inside and outside of countries, has pushed donors and other development groups to rethink their approaches to humanitarian crises, particularly on refugee response. Financial inclusion is widely regarded as a...

13 October 2021


Making Trade Policy Inclusive

Business, Markets and the State Position Paper Series;5

With the rise of global value chains where different stages of the production process are located across different countries, international trade flows became increasingly intricate, resulting in innumerable flows of goods, services and people across multiple borders. The reduction of trade...

Amrita Saha
Amrita Saha & 2 others

23 October 2020

Working Paper

The Performance of VAT in DGD-partner Countries: Case study on Bolivia

Working Paper 16

This study presents a case study on the value added-tax (VAT) with the objective to design appropriate policies aiming to improve domestic-resource mobilisation in developing countries. The paper presents an in-depth analysis of Bolivia’s VAT system to illustrate how a successful VAT reform...

Mattéo Godin & 2 others

24 August 2020

Kelbesa Megersa’s recent work