Transformative change: Addressing inequalities through taxes

Exploring the role for progressive taxation vis-à-vis progressive spending and the contribution of fiscal systems to the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries

Taxation and inequalities are strongly connected. Developing countries are facing important policy challenges using Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) as a tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG1, ending extreme poverty and SDG10, reducing inequality. Many developing countries have reduced import tariffs and corporate income taxes. They increasingly rely on consumption taxes, such as value-added tax, which are likely to disproportionately affect the poor – particularly poor women. What factors, including compliance norms, contribute to making fiscal systems more or less efficient? What is the role of civil society to shape a more progressive tax system?

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Olivia Lally
Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer
European Network on Debt and Development
Jon Jellema
Economist and Deputy Director, Commitment to Equity Institute
Global Development Network
Anne-Sophie Robilliard
Research Fellow
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
Nuzhat Jabin
Manager – Democratic Governance
ActionAid Bangladesh
Joseph Okecho Olwenyi
Coordinator-Financing for Development
Oxfam Uganda