Building Tax Systems in Fragile States

Thu 26 Nov 2020
Time: 13:00 Location: Webinar Language: English

How can international donors contribute where institutions are weak?



Donor support might prevent outright state collapse, but has to date not contributed much to develop fiscal capacity in fragile states. The important relationship between state-building and domestic revenue mobilization is often neglected. International initiatives often end up putting these countries on an artificial life-support system fed by foreign aid.

This webinar takes stock of current evidence on what works and what needs to change to build tax systems in weak states.

The event is organised by Tax Justice Network-NorwayChr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norwegian Institute of International affairs (NUPI) and the TaxCapDev-network. 

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13:00 - 13:05 Welcome
Sigrid Klæboe Jacobsen (Moderator), Executive director, Tax Justice Network - Norway

13:05 - 13:15 Setting the scene: Why international donors fail to enable state building
Morten Bøås, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

13:15 - 13:30 Customs reforms in Somalia
Gael Raballand, Governance and Public Sector Management (GPSM) Department, World Bank

13:30-13:45 Domestic revenue mobilization in Ethiopia: Challenges
Wollela A. Yesegat, Addis Ababa University

13:45-13:55 Comments from a donor’s perspective
Toril-Iren Pedersen, Tax for Development, Norwegian agency for development cooperation (Norad)

13:55-14:15 Q&A and wrap-up