Mobilizing domestic public resources in developing countries

FERDI was mandated by the French government (Direction for globalization - Direction générale de la mondialisation and Direction general of the Treasury - Direction générale du Trésor) to support and structure a strategic study on the mobilization of public domestic revenue (mobilisation des recettes intérieures publiques – MRIP in French).

Complete • April 03, 2017

Developing countries' domestic resources represent the primary public source of finance for development (approx. 80% of state resources), which is much more than official development assistance (ODA). The Addis Ababa Programme of Action and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (ODD 17.1) identified domestic resources as the main source of stable and sustainable financing for sustainable development. France has positioned itself as an important stakeholder on the "international taxation and development" agenda by financially supporting the participation of French-speaking countries in various international initiatives.

A French platform for exchange and inter-ministerial coordination on the mobilization of public domestic resources in developing countries has been created. The objective of this platform is to broaden the scope of the study to other issues (mobilization of expertise, articulation of French positions and support for multilateral initiatives, influence in major international debates, investment strategy with multi-donor funds). The platform includes in particular: the DGM (DDD/GOUV), the DGT, the DGFIP, the DGDDI on customs matters, the AFD, Expertise France. Other public and private stakeholders and representatives of civil society were involved in the reflection.

The review of the literature on the mobilization of public domestic resources and development published by FERDI is the first element of this study: it is a presentation of the state of the issue, and an identification of the themes where there is already a consensus, and the themes to be explored.

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