Report launch: Quality Tax Aid?

Are multilateral institutions like the IMF and World Bank fit to tackle the inequality crisis?

tirsdag 14. desember 2021, kl. 09:00
Finnish Development NGOs Fingo (FI), Diakonia (SE), Oxfam Sweden (SE), MS Action Aid Denmark (DK), Oxfam Ibis Denmark (DK), NTL Skatt (NO), Tax Justice Network Norway (NO) and Kirkens Nødhjelp (NO).

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Increased multilateral tax aid

The new report Quality Tax Aid - A review of Nordic countries’ support for domestic resource mobilization through multilateral institutions, finds that the share of Nordic tax aid (ODA for DRM) channeled through multilateral organisations has increased and reached its peak in 2019. For Sweden and Finland it is half of their aid for DRM, for Norway over 70% and for Denmark over 90%, far above the 41% average for DAC members the same year.

By signing the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), the Nordic governments have committed to reducing inequality via the aid they provide. The IMF and the World Bank are supporting organisations of the ATI. However, due to a lack of clear objectives and indicators to measure the impact it is less clear whether multilateral tax aid leads to the aim of the ATI commitments, especially those relevant to reducing inequality.

Report launch and discussion

We invite the Nordic government officials for Development Cooperation, parliamentarians and experts to discuss the topic of quality tax aid through multilateral organisations.

- How do we best ensure that tax aid leads to better quality tax systems?
- Who should receive tax aid; multilateral institutions, civil society organisations, independent researchers?
- How do we ensure transparency and satisfactory measurement of aid flows through multilateral organisations?
- How can Nordic countries cooperate to make tax aid better?


Under-Secretary of State Ms. Elina Kalkku, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has worked in the government since 1983. She has held Diplomatic Service posts in, for example, the Mission of Finland to NATO in Brussels and Finland's Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.

State Secretary Bjørg Sandkjær, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She represents Senterpartiet - The Center Party. Bjørg has previously worked for Norad, the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia and the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations.

Måns Fellesson, Ph.D, Ass Prof, is Deputy Director and coordinator for Financing for Development (FfD) in the Global Agenda Department of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Magnus Ek, Swedish Parliamentarian since 2018, from Centerpartiet - The Center Party. He is part of the committee for foreign affairs, and a member of the Nordic Council.

Christian Juhl, Danish Parliamentarian since 2011, from Enhedslisten - The Red Green party. He is a part of the the Employment Committee and a member of the Nordic Council.

Alvin Mosioma, founding Executive Director of Tax Justice Network Africa, a Pan-African Advocacy and Research Network spanning. Mosioma served as member of the steering committee Open Government Partnership and on the board of the coordinating committee of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice

Toril-Iren Pedersen, Policy Director of Tax for Development, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). She has since 2007 held several positions in the UN system, including UNICEF and UNDP and been stationed in Kenya, Rwanda and Somalia amongst others. Toril-Iren lives in Norway.

Matti Ylönen, University Lecturer in Political Science at Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, currently Visiting researcher at Tallinn University of Technology. His PhD on the politics of corporate tax avoidance has won awards and he has published several articles and books related to global development policy and its economic governance. Matti lives in Finland.

Hannah Brejnholt, Senior Financing for Development Advisor in Oxfam IBIS Denmark, and is part of the Nordic Alliance for Tax Justice. She has more than 15 years of experience working in international development, tax justice, governance and anti-corruption as well as gender. She curently holds a seat on a number executive boards both within the private sector and civil society.

Chair: Lisa Sivertsen, Director of Department, Policy and Society, Norwegian Church Aid

The report is part of the project "Nordic cooperation on tax and transparency", with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and contributions from the Nordic Alliance for Tax Justice (NATJ). NATJ is a collaboration between Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish civil society organisations: ActionAid Denmark, Diakonia Sweden, Finnish Development NGOs Fingo, Norwegian Church Aid, NTL (Norway), Oxfam IBIS Denmark, Oxfam Sweden and Tax Justice Network – Norway.