Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) was launched as a joint UNDP and OECD initiative in July 2015, to support countries to build tax audit capacity.
The 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda recognized the need to mobilise more domestic resources for development. For many developing countries, this implies strengthening tax and other revenue collection capacities. TIWB was identified as one of the tools to support developing countries to build the capacities of national tax administration and mobilise more domestic revenues for the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP's country-level presence and policy and programme expertise in public financial management is complemented by the OECD’s technical expertise in international tax matters and access to networks of key players in the tax field. The joint initiative complements the broader efforts of the international community to strengthen co-operation on tax matters.
UNDP’s role in TIWB
UNDP is a longstanding and trusted development partner in many countries around the world, which makes it an invaluable partner on multiple levels including:
· Promoting TIWB: UNDP works through our Country Offices to promote TIWB programmes engaging with tax administrations to conduct needs assessments, including assessing political support and interest in TIWB assistance.
· Programme support: UNDP manages a roster of tax audit experts and provides in-country contextual and logistical support to experts engaged through the roster, including facilitating collaboration between experts, national stakeholders and decision-makers.
· Knowledge sharing: UNDP shares global best practices and lessons learned between countries and regions, and implements improvements to TIWB offerings from lessons learned.
· Policy dialogue: UNDP builds political commitment for TIWB’s work by fostering international and national policy dialogues on tax issues and by supporting broader tax reforms in the countries implementing TIWB programmes.
This active collaboration embedded in country-owned and country-led development strategies leads to long-term meaningful results and scaling up our engagement with international organizations, such as this partnership with the OECD, is essential to progress towards achieving the SDGs.