Financing for development: Strengthening domestic resource mobilisation while fostering good governance and deepening the Social Contract

16. March 2023
Event Details

23 March 2023


Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Pl. s08 Djøf Aud., 2000 Frederiksberg

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Achieving this ambitious agenda not only urges us to rethink our approach to development but also to significantly increase investment in development. It is estimated that the current funding gap is 4.2 trillion dollars annually.

Tax and fiscal policies play a critical role. Taxation is considered both a tool for revenue collection and a policy instrument to encourage sustainable growth strategies and influence behaviour towards desired outcomes related to climate, nature, well-being and other aspects of sustainable development. Importantly, a progressive and fair taxation system fosters good governance and establishes a deeper social contract. 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Oxfam IBIS and Copenhagen Business School invite you to a debate on how to strengthen domestic revenue mobilization through the capacity of national tax administrations, in a way that simultaneously increases tax compliance, reduces illicit financial flows and builds public trust in government. Our distinguished speakers will provide insights and different perspectives on current challenges and efforts to lead this work.



1” Welcome by host and moderator (CBS)

8” Financing for Developing – framing the issues by Ulrika Modeer, Assistant UN Secretary-General & UNDP Director of Partnerships

5” Danish support for Domestic Resource Mobilisation from an International corporate perspective by Helle Bonnesen, MP for the Conservative Party, Development Spokesperson and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Danish Parliament

8” Tax justice – what do we mean by it? by Lars Koch, Secretary-General Oxfam IBIS

8” Shifting norms and strengthening the Social Contract by Professor (MSO) Duncan Wigan &  Professor Leonard Seabrooke, Dept. of organisation, Copenhagen Business School

30” Panel debate/Q&A: Challenges and opportunities to financing for development and reshaping the current tax architecture