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Oxfam America will host this book launch and discussion on the role of civil society and donors in building better tax systems and strengthening the social contract.
The newly published book, Taxing Africa, offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the crucial debates around taxation and development in Africa. Written by leading international experts, it examines issues from tax evasion by multinational corporations and African elites to how ordinary people navigate complex webs of 'informal' local taxation, examining the challenges and the potential for reform.
Tax is foundational to the social contract between states and citizens. However, open civic space and citizen engagement is necessary for bargaining around taxation to lead to more equitable and effective public spending and governance that is more accountable.
In 2015, under the Addis Tax Initiative, partner countries committed to stepping up their efforts on domestic resource mobilization (DRM), and donors committed to doubling their support to DRM programs by 2020. However, most donor support in the DRM area thus far has focused on technical assistance to partner governments, with the aim of increasing the quality of tax policy and the effectiveness of tax administration. According to OECD data, only 3% of DRM assistance in 2015 was channeled to local civil society organizations.
The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) and Oxfam, along with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and Center for Global Development (CGD) are hosting an event to launch this new book, followed by a dialogue on the role of civil society and donors in building more equitable and efficient tax systems and strengthening the social contract in Africa.
9:00am Breakfast and Registration
9:30am Presentation on Taxing Africa
Dr. Wilson Prichard, ICTD
9:50am Panel Discussion:
Professor Nora Lustig, Center for Global Development
Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director, IMF African Department International Budget Partnership tax lead (TBC)
Mr. Nathan Coplin, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam America (moderator)
Evidence from US-based firms like Google, Facebook, and Amazon shows that market concentration and the failure of competition policy has had grim effects on productivity and inequality. Indeed, across a handful of industries, only a couple of massive firms control the majority of decisions Americans make as consumers. But what effects does market consolidation have on the rest of the world?
AidEx is a two day event, which encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for aid & development professionals to meet, source, supply and learn. AidEx was created to help the international aid and development community engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes.
Over 1 billion women lack access to financial services due to economic and social barriers, time and mobility constraints, and discrimination Financial services delivered digitally can address these barriers. Closing the global gender gap in access to finance provides an opportunity for the private sector to reach an untapped and profitable market, and provides governments with an opportunity to better reach their constituents. This event looks at the recent evidence on which emerging technologies empower women economically, as well as the importance of cross-sectoral partnership and women’s entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Center for Global Development, TechnoServe, and the World Bank are pleased to co-host this event in Dar es Salaam. We are committed to finding what works to promote women’s financial inclusion and are conducting innovative research on the potential of digital technologies. This event will launch new research on this topic and bring together leaders in the government and the private sector with experts in finance, development, and technology to have critical conversations on closing the financial gender gap. We hope you can join us.
With the goal of driving down drug costs, governments across the globe have instituted various forms of pharmaceutical price control policies. Understanding the impacts of such policies is particularly important in low- and middle-income countries, where lack of insurance coverage means that prices can serve as a barrier to access for patients and lack of effective quality control may allow for low-quality medicines in the market. In her paper, Emma Boswell Dean examines the theoretical effects of price controls in such markets and then measures the empirical effects of one implementation of pharmaceutical price controls, in which the Indian government placed price ceilings on a set of essential medicines.
This unique conference is designed to convene both the new industrial policy thinkers, who have studied the history of government intervention, and blended finance practitioners, who are involved in setting up the institutions and procedures that will use official development finance to subsidise private enterprise in developing countries. These two communities too often work in isolation and have much to learn from each other.
The conference will combine scholar presentations with high-level policy discussions. Please see the preliminary programme for a list of sessions and speakers, in addition to more details about the conference.
Please join us for this “first of its kind” conference and feel free to share this invitation with your network and encourage your colleagues to attend. We want to reach as many people who work in private sector development as possible.