Donors focus increasingly on domestic revenue generation as a way of reducing aid dependence in Africa. But tax administrations in many African countries today use violence to squeeze the taxpayers. Can support for increasing the tax base actually undermine good governance? In this note, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad questions the donors' common assumption that Africa is highly under-taxed.

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Research Professor, Coordinator: Tax and Public Finance