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Cracking the Tax Problem: A New Blueprint for Domestic Resource Mobilization in Developing Economies


Mario Mansour, Division Chief, IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department


  • Manuela Francisco, Global Director, Macroeconomic, Trade and Investment, World Bank
  • Vitor Gaspar, Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund 
  • Moses Kaggwa, Director, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, Uganda
  • Ahmed Kouchouk, Vice Minister for Fiscal Policies and Institutional Reforms, Ministry of Finance, Egypt
  • Eric Zolt, Michael H. Schill Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA  


Sanjeev Gupta, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Center for Global Development

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing the climate crisis will require significant investments—some of which must come from developing countries themselves through better collection of tax revenue. Although some progress has been made in mobilizing tax revenue since 1990, too many countries still rely on poorly-designed tax systems that are blocked from reform by institutional barriers. A new IMF paper finds that a combination of better tax design and capacity building can substantially increase tax revenues, unlocking critical resources for development and climate investment.

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