Worklines

The activities of the International Tax Compact focus on promoting peer learning and networking, as well as on building capacities and enhancing coordination between different stakeholders active in the field of tax and development. In that context, the International Tax Compact facilitates the secretariats of three international initiatives: the Addis Tax Initiative, the Network of Tax Organisations and the DRM Innovation Fund. 

ITC events take place on regional and international level, with the ATI/ITC Tax and Development Conference as its flagship event. Analyses and studies further discussions on tax and development and help disseminate success stories and good practices of development partners and partner countries alike.

Secretariat of the Addis Tax Initiative

The Addis Tax Initiative (ATI) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that assembles more than 50 countries and organisations committed to step up their efforts to enhance the mobilisation and effective use of domestic revenues in partner countries. Joining the Addis Tax Initiative helps partner countries to increase reliance on domestic revenues to fund their development agenda and meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The Addis Tax Initiative stresses the importance of promoting policy coherence, establishing strong domestic governance systems and mobilising the political will to drive forward tax policy and system reforms. It plays a coordinating role between its members to increase the volume and quality of technical assistance as well as broad-based capacity building in partner countries. 

The Addis Tax Initiative was initiated in 2015 by the governments of Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States in the course of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The International Tax Compact facilitates the Secretariat of the Addis Tax Initiative.

In this role, the International Tax Compact is responsible for all operational activities of the Addis Tax Initiative. These include, among others, supporting the ATI Steering Committee and the ATI members, widening the outreach to potential new members, and monitoring the ATI commitments.

More information about the Addis Tax Initiative, including governance documents, the work plan and minutes of meetings, can be found here.

Secretariat of the Network of Tax Organisations

The Network of Tax Organisations (NTO) is a network of nine regional and international organisations of revenue administrations that aims to develop and promote effective tax systems as a means to contribute to the well-being of all people. Its main objective is to act as a global platform for exchange of experiences, knowledge and best practices on tax administration matters. It focuses on fostering the capacity development of its members, enhancing internal collaboration among its members and ensuring representation of NTO members’ interests in the various international fora. 

The Network of Tax Organisations was officially launched in May 2018 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by six regional organisations of tax administrations. The International Tax Compact facilitates the Secretariat of the Network of Tax Organisation.

More information about the Network of Tax Organisations can be found here.

DRM Innovation Fund Secretariat

The DRM Innovation Fund intends to provide quick and flexible funding for short-term innovative projects aimed at enhancing revenue mobilisation in African countries. More precisely, it addresses the lack of access to financial means for piloting innovative ideas that could help tackle challenges in tax-related issues faced by African countries.

The DRM Innovation Fund is a multi-donor financing facility led by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The International Tax Compact facilitates the DRM Innovation Fund Secretariat, which is located in Pretoria, South Africa.

The DRM Innovation Fund Secretariat is responsible for the Fund’s operational work. This includes, among others, coordinating and implementing the activities in its work plan, as well as reporting to the Governing Committee and Steering Board and supporting their (co-) chairs. The Fund Secretariat is further responsible for executing Governing Committee’s and Steering Board’s decisions; providing advice and support to the applying institutions in the preparation of proposals; preparing project appraisals and supporting the selection process; preparing grant agreements, service contracts or other types of support, depending on the needs of the recipients; and examining project reports.

More information about the DRM Innovation Fund can be found here.

ATI/ITC Tax and Development Conference

The ATI/ITC Tax and Development Conference takes place every two years and brings together a vast range of stakeholders cooperating with the International Tax Compact and working in the area of domestic revenue mobilisation, most notably in the context of the Addis Tax Initiative. The conference provides a neutral setting for broad-based discussions on topics related to tax and development, setting the focus on the needs and priorities of partner countries. In particular, participants have the opportunity to learn about issues faced by partner countries, development partners and relevant organisations, to benefit from the sharing of experiences, and to identify opportunities for collaboration and synergies in this field. Participants include representatives from partner countries, development partners, international organisations, private sector, civil society organisations and academia.

The conference is jointly organised by the Addis Tax Initiative and the International Tax Compact, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union. The first edition of the ATI/ITC Tax and Development Conference took place from 14 to 16 June 2017. The second edition is taking place from 2 to 4 July 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

More information about the ATI/ITC Tax and Development Conference website can be found here.

Other development partners

As an inclusive platform, the International Tax Compact is open for all stakeholders that are active in the area of domestic revenue mobilisation as well as tax and development. In addition to governments from partner countries and development partners, these include civil society organisations (CSO), academia and the private sector.