1 October, 2014

Water, local ownership and taxes hot topics on Global Partnership blog through September

By Global Partnership

What do the International Monetary Fund, WaterAid, Belgian Development Cooperation and the Mayor of Cameroon’s Bagangté Municipality all share in common?

Aside from their dedication on moving towards ever more effective development co-operation, all were contributors to the Global Partnership’s blog this September.

Most recently, Acting Head of the IMF TADAT Secretariat, Michael Keen, blogged on the benefits of better tax administrations. The new Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool aims to help build stronger tax administrations by identifying where a country’s strengths and weaknesses lie in this field. It has already performed well in pilots in Zambia, Norway and South Africa.

“For almost all developing countries, building more effective and trusted tax administrations is critical,” Mr. Keen wrote. “This helps finance much needed social spending, infrastructure, and reduce dependence on aid, now subject to its own pressures. It’s also a key pillar in building accountable, effective and respected government institutions.”

Another blogger hailing the importance of taxes was Peter Moors, Director General for Belgian Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, giving a case study of improving tax collection in Burundi.

“Belgium believes that international assistance for domestic resource mobilisation is an important catalyst for broader governance reforms and development,” wrote Mr. Moors in his blog post on using domestic revenue to build democracy.

Democratic representation at local authority level was key to blogger Célestine Ketcha Epse Courtés, Mayor of Bagangté Municipality, Cameroon. The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Development Co-operation Champion told how honoring local priorities is key to helping achieve effective development.

“In too many countries, local priorities are not taken into account, or not sufficiently known,” she wrote, drawing upon the example of how conflicting local and national strategies for water supply in her town of Bagangté should be resolved with the input of local authorities.

WaterAid also contributed on development effectiveness in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. WaterAid policy Analyst for Aid Effectiveness & Sector Strengthening Clare Battle blogged on growing expectation that universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 will be a key pillar of the new post-2015 development framework.

“There is an urgent need for the WASH sector to improve its understanding of how aid can optimise progress, and to foster mutual accountability for sector performance,” she said.

Read more from these and other contributors at devcooperation.org. To contribute to the Global Partnership’s Effective Development Co-operation Blog, please email: comment@effectivecooperation.org.