Development cooperation ,13.12.2016

UNDP/OECD Tax Inspectors Without Borders(TIWB)


The expected results of the OECD/UNDP joint Programme "Tax Inspectors without Borders" are 1) Tax administrations in developing countries are strengthened and 2) Knowledge on strategies to build the capacities of tax administrations in developing countries is generated and shared. The joint Programme between OECD and UNDP intends to send 100 tax inspectors to developing countries to carry out tax inspections together with their local counterparts (learning by doing). Strengthened tax administrations will support more efficient and fair tax collection, and increase government revenues, in particular its capability to mobilize domestic resources, in line with target 17.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme is targeted to LDC-countries in particular in Africa and to some countries in Asia and South America. The secretariat for the Programme that started on 1.4.2016 operates within OECD in Paris as a clearing house that will match the needs of the developing countries and the expertise that can be made available. The total budget of the Programme for 2016-2019 is 10,7 million USD, of which the share of UNDP is 7,7 million USD. The UNDP share will cover the fees and travel costs of the experts, as well as direct costs incurred by the Programme as well and general management support costs. The launch of the Programme was preceded by a pilot run by the OECD Tax and Development programme which proved that the joint inspections of large companies involving more experienced tax inspectors were the most effective way of strengthening the taxation capacity in the developing countries. Examples of the results of the pilot programme include the doubling the tax revenue in Kenya in a year, increase of tax revenue in Vietnam by 40 million USD and almost tripled tax revenue in Zambia. Finland will support the UNDP share of the Programme with a grant of 800,000 euros for years 2016-2017.

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Funding decision  13.12.2016

800 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Domestic Revenue Mobilisation 100%

Funding channel

YK:n kehitysohjelma



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