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COVID-19 and Seizing the Opportunity for Reforming Tax Expenditures in Africa

and | 27 July 2020
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Covid-19, Domestic Revenue Mobilization, Tax Expenditures
The  resources needed for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are estimated at USD 2.5 – 3 trillion per year. According to the IMF, low-income countries (LIC) will need, on average, additional resources amounting to 15.4% of GDP to finance the SDGs in education, health, ... continue reading

The Transition to a Sustainable Post-COVID Economy Requires an Urgent Shift in Central Bank Risk Management

| 10 July 2020
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Central Banks, Climate risk, Covid-19, Financial Regulation, Monetary Policy Operations, Precautionary principle
The COVID-19 crisis is profoundly and durably transforming our economies. So will the transition to a low-carbon economy, which is necessary to contain the environmental crisis ahead of us. Shifting our economic system from its current state to a sustainable post-COVID version entails large and ... continue reading

Supporting Households with Tax Expenditures in Times of COVID-19

| 3 July 2020
Blog, Publications | Tags: Covid-19, Informality, Sustainable Development, Tax Expenditures
The economic shock triggered by the current pandemic is unprecedented. The number of victims of COVID-19 has already hit half a million and continues to rise. At the same time, the impact on economic output is massive. According to recent OECD estimates, global economic activity ... continue reading

Avoiding Mining Tax Relief Pitfalls During a Crisis

| 22 May 2020
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Covid-19, Mining, Tax Expenditures, Taxes
Establishing effective tax policy for the mining sector can be a challenge in the best of times, especially for resource-rich developing countries which may lack sector-specific experience and technical capacity. Under the pressure of a crisis, it is critical for countries to steer clear of ... continue reading

The Day After Tomorrow. Designing COVID-19 Bailouts for a Sustainable Recovery

| 4 May 2020
Blog, Fiscal, Monetary | Tags: Bailouts, Climate Change, Covid-19, Employment, Inequality
Governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures to mitigate the economic fallout of COVID-19. Their decisions in the weeks and months ahead will shape our lives for years to come. The fiscal packages that are being adopted as well as the funding that central ... continue reading