Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

Date & Time: Wednesday 19 September, 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Launch of the latest book in the African Arguments series

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. Yet it is exactly these issues that pervade conversations about taxation among policymakers, tax collectors, civil society activists, journalists and foreign aid donors in Africa today. Tax has become viewed as central to African development.

Written by leading international experts, Taxing Africa offers a cutting-edge analysis on all aspects of the continent’s tax regime, displaying the crucial role such arrangements have on attempts to create social justice and push economic advancement. From tax evasion by multinational corporations and African elites to how ordinary people navigate complex webs of ‘informal’ local taxation, the book examines the potential for reform, and how space might be created for enabling locally-led strategies.


Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
Henry Saka, Commissioner of Domestic Taxes, Uganda Revenue Authority
Jalia Kangave, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies 
Chair: Professor Chris Cramer, Department of Development Studies at SOAS and Vice Chair of the Royal African Society

About the Series

Written by experts with an unrivalled knowledge of the continent, African Arguments is a series of concise, engaging books that address the key issues currently facing Africa. Topical and thought-provoking, accessible but in-depth, they provide essential reading for anyone interested in getting to the heart of both why contemporary Africa is the way it is and how it is changing. The African Arguments series is published for the International African Institute by Zed Books in association with the Royal African Society and the World Peace Foundation.

Copies of Taxing Africa Coercion, Reform and Development by Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard, and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad will be on sale at the event.

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