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Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

Season 3, Ep. 12

In this episode of Between the Lines, Researcher and Tax expert Jalia Kangave interviews Mick Moore, IDS Research Fellow and Senior Fellow of the International Centre for Tax and Development and Wilson Prichard Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, and the CEO of the International Centre for Tax and Development.

Mick and Wilson along with Odd-Helge Fjeldstad are authors of the book: Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development which offers a fascinating insight into the key issues facing policy makers, tax collectors, civil society activists and donors working to increase revenues to finance sustainable development in Africa.

The authors discuss amongst other things; What motivated them to write the book? And what stories of lived experiences were important in developing this book?

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