The North-South Institute



Enhancing Domestic Resource Mobilization in Sub Saharan Africa

Oct 1 2010

Wilton Park Conference
England, 2010

Leading world thinkers on mobilizing domestic resources attended The North-South Institute’s (NSI) April 2010 conference titled: Enhancing Domestic Resource Mobilization in Sub-Saharan Africa. The 2-1/2 day event was held at Wilton Park in London, England.

Domestic resource mobilization (DRM) for development has captured the imagination of those looking for ways to raise new dollars to promote sustainable growth and poverty reduction.

Indeed, for the world’s poorest countries, dependent on external and, too often, unpredictable aid flows, DRM holds the promise of broadening domestic tax bases, increasing income tax and public revenue flows, and deepening domestic financial markets so that these countries can help finance their own development. This supports the 2002 Monterrey Consensus which recognized the mobilization of domestic financial resources for development’ as the first of its six leading recommended actions.

DRM is of great interest to NSI as the Institute has been working with African, UK and Canadian partners on an important research project focused on DRM in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project explores the constraints to and potential for greater DRM for development through five case studies in: Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. NSI’s project is now entering its final phase which involves completion of the main papers and a series of stakeholder meetings in the five African countries.

For more information, consult NSI’s DRM project page or see the conference presentations below:


The diaspora giving back: strengthening health-care systems in Sub-Saharan Africa – Ottawa
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