African Property Tax Initiative Library

Africa is the fastest urbanising continent on the planet. In order to provide citizens with adequate public goods and services and invest in the required infrastructure, African cities need sufficient and sustainable revenues. Property taxation is equitable, and provides stable funding for local governments. In developed countries, property taxes are the mainstay of local funding, with collection amounting to 2.2% of GDP on average.

In developing and transition countries, the average yield is 0.6% of GDP, while in Africa the tally averages a mere 0.38%. With many African cities booming, this represents a significant opportunity: If prosperous African cities could increase the proportion of tax collected from property, they could do much more to improve the quality of life of their communities. 

African countries face a number of technical, administrative, and political challenges in increasing property tax revenues, and research is needed to inform reform processes. To this end, the African Property Tax Initiative (APTI) was established in 2017. It is coordinated by the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This library is intended to be of use to APTI members, with resources on the Initiative’s four core themes.

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  • Property taxation in francophone Central Africa: case study of Cameroon

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI ), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa....
  • Property taxation in francophone Southern Africa: case study of Comoros

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI ), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa....
  • Property taxation in francophone Central Africa: case study of Gabon

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI ), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa....
  • Property taxation in francophone Africa 4: case study of niger

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa. Its goal is to collect data and issue reports on the present status and future prospects of property-related taxes in all 54 African countries, with a primary focus on land and building taxes and real property transfer taxes....
  • Property taxation in three francophone countries in West and Central Africa: regional overview

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI ), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa....
  • An overview of property taxation in lusophone Africa

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI ), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa....
  • Property taxation in two francophone countries in Central and West Africa

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI ), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa....
  • Property taxation in anglophone West Africa: regional overview

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009
    The Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute (ATI ), located at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, have formed a joint venture to better understand property-related taxation in Africa....
  • Mobilising tax revenue to finance development: the case for property taxation in francophone Africa

    University of Pretoria, 2010
    In the context of a widespread focus on decentralisation in Africa, there has been an imperative to find suitable ways to maximise potential own revenue sources at all sub-national government levels.This need in particular and the need for greater domestic resource mobilisation by African states in general have been exacerbated by the current global financial crisis that has led many countries into recession and left developed and developing countries alike scrambling to find solutions at home....
  • Mobilising sustainable local government revenue in Ghana: modelling property rates and business taxes

    University of Technology, Sydney, 2015
    Property rates and business operating license fees constitute the major revenue sources for local government authorities. Accurate assessment of these revenues enhances the revenue base and effectiveness of their generation. Assessment of property rates and business operating license fees have been identified as one of the limiting factors that inhibit the revenue potential of local government authorities....

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