'Although taxes are a fundamental part of any modern economy, taxation in Africa remains poorly understood. The authors of this concise and masterly introduction to the topic go some way toward filling that gap.'

The above quote is a direct quote from Foreign Affairs' review of the book 'Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development'Foreign Affairs has listed the best books they have reviewed in 2019, and 'Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development' is one of them.

Authors Mick MooreWilson Prichard and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad wrote the book based on their longstanding and extensive research on taxation in Africa. They wanted to answer a crucial question:  How can we go beyond the polarizing debates on whether Africa's lack of economic growth is best explained by the internal failures of domestic leadership in African countries or the continent being exploited by the global system?

Being listed among Foreign Affairs' best book of the year is a testimony to the authors' ability to provide clear answers to the question, and to a body of knowledge about tax that is both solid, extensive and relevant to anyone working on tax. It is a recognition of Fjeldstad, Moore and Prichard as the leading international experts on taxation in Africa that they are. For CMI, it is an important recognition of Odd-Helge's 30 years of tax research at CMI. 






Book | 2018

Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

It has long been debated whether Africa's lack of growth is best explained by the continent's exploitation by the global system, or by internal failures of domestic political leadership, and...
Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2018)
London/New York: Zed Books (African Arguments Book Series,) 216 p.

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Research Professor, Coordinator: Tax and Public Finance