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Local government revenue mobilisation in Anglophone Africa

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  • Odd-Helge Fjeldstad
  • Kari Heggstad

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This paper examines opportunities and constraints facing local revenue mobilization in Anglophone Africa with an emphasis on urban settings. Specific revenue instruments and their effects on economic efficiency, income distribution and accountability are discussed. In particular, political and administrative constraints facing various revenue instruments and factors affecting citizens’ compliance behaviour are addressed. The analysis is exemplified by cases from across Anglophone Africa. A general conclusion emerging from the study is that local revenues mobilised in most local government authorities in Africa are necessary but not sufficient to develop and supply adequate services for the fast-growing population. On this basis areas for further research on local government revenue mobilisation in Africa are identified.

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  • Odd-Helge Fjeldstad & Kari Heggstad, 2012. "Local government revenue mobilisation in Anglophone Africa," CMI Working Papers 6, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.
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    1. repec:eee:wdevel:v:106:y:2018:i:c:p:173-186 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Moore, Mick, 2014. "Revenue Reform and Statebuilding in Anglophone Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 99-112.
    3. Fjeldstad, Odd-Helge & Chambas, Gérard & Brun, Jean-Francois, 2014. "Local Government Taxation in Sub-Saharan Africa," Working Papers 13710, Institute of Development Studies, International Centre for Tax and Development.
    4. repec:oup:oxford:v:33:y:2017:i:3:p:355-372. is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Takaaki Masaki, 2016. "The impact of intergovernmental transfers on local revenue generation in Africa Evidence from Tanzania," WIDER Working Paper Series 113, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    6. Nyange, David & Tschirley, David & Nassoro, Hussein & Gaspar, Abeid, 2014. "Agricultural Produce Cess In Tanzania: Policy Options For Fiscal Reforms," Miscellaneous Publications 198744, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    7. Fjeldstad, Odd-Helge, 2013. "Taxation and Development : a Review of Donor Support to Strengthen Tax Systems in Developing Countries," WIDER Working Paper Series 010, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    Local government; Decentralization; Taxes; Business licenses; User fees; Africa;

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