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Wilson Prichard

IDS Research Fellow and ICTD Chief Executive Officer

Dr Wilson Prichard’s research focuses on the relationship between taxation and citizen demands for improved governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the CEO of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD).

His previous work has focused on political economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, including foreign investment, the formulation of economic policy and trade liberalization. He is a graduate of the Institute of Development Studies and Harvard University. Prior to arriving at IDS he worked as a development policy activist in Washington D.C., with a focus on HIV/AIDS and international trade. He is currently also an Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Languages: English and French (fluent).

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International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD)

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) provides research evidence that supports developing countries in raising domestic revenues equitably and sustainably, in a manner that is conducive to pro-poor economic growth and good governance.




Should Governments Tax Digital Financial Services? A Research Agenda to Understand Sector-specific Taxes on DFS

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Low-income countries are facing strong pressure to bring in more revenue at home. With digital financial services (DFS) rapidly expanding across Africa and other low-income countries a growing number are therefore considering new taxes on DFS. In light of the heated debate over DFS taxes, this...

3 August 2022

Wilson Prichard’s recent work



The Governance research cluster works across a number of thematic areas that are focused on ensuring citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Our work critically examines public authority and the institutions, networks and politics that shape it....