ICTD Research in Brief 4

Donors, Aid and Taxation in Developing Countries – An overview

Published on 1 October 2013

There is growing interest among development policymakers in taxation, both as a crucial source of revenue for development and because taxation is central to economic growth, redistribution and broader state-building and governance goals.

This paper explores the direct impact of donor supported tax reform efforts; the indirect impact of aid and related donor policies on domestic tax effort; the potentially perverse effects of tax-related conditionality; and the impact of broader donor policies including global tax arrangements. It makes detailed recommendations about future donor support for tax reform.

This research briefing draws on ICTD Working Paper 6 entitled Donors, Aid and Taxation in Developing Countries – An overview.

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Prichard, W., Brun, J-F., and Morrissey, O., (2013) Donors, Aid and Taxation in Developing Countries: An Overview, ICTD Research in Brief 4. Brighton: IDS.


Wilson Prichard

IDS Research Fellow and ICTD Chief Executive Officer

Oliver Morrissey

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