Wilson Prichard - Joint Research Director, International Centre for Tax and Development
(on leave 9/01/2017 - 15/05/2017)
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Dr Wilson Prichard's research focuses on the relationship between taxation and citizen demands for improved governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the Joint Research Director 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, and he has worked in several countries in Africa.
He previously received degrees from 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 involved in teaching economics.
Languages: English and French (fluent).
Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development
Taxation has been seen as the domain of charisma-free accountants, lawyers and number crunchers – an unlikely place to encounter big societal questions about democracy, equity or good governance. More details
Tax Reform for Low Income Countries: Five Ideas for Simplifying Tax Systems to Fit Local RealitiesICTD Research in Brief 17 (2018)
There is no silver bullet to strengthen the tax systems of low-income countries. Dramatic changes in tax systems and tax collection are rare. Successful improvements more often involve a great deal of hard and steady work, and the gradual construction of popular trust and (grudging) support for reform. There remains, however, space for ‘organising ideas’ that can help identify potentially underexplored and underexploited opportunities for reform. More details
How Can Governments of Low-Income Countries Collect More Tax Revenue?ICTD Working Paper 70 (2017)
It is widely believed that the governments of many low-income countries, and especially the relatively poor performers, should be aiming to increase the proportion of GDP they raise in tax revenue. More details
Norms, Power, and the Socially Embedded Realities of Market Taxation in Northern Ghana
This article provides a ground-level view of market taxation in two local government areas in Ghana’s relatively disadvantaged northern region. More details
Informal Taxation in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Taxpayers' Experiences and PerceptionsICTD Working Paper 66 (2017)
In low-income and post-conflict countries, and particularly in rural areas, citizens often pay a range of 'taxes' that differ substantially from statutory policies. These 'informal taxes', paid to a variety of state and non-state actors, are frequently overlooked in analyses of local systems of taxation. This is problematic as it leads to misunderstandings of individual and household tax burdens, as well as of systems of local governance. More details