Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI)

LoGRI develops policy-relevant research and tools to help local governments in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia collect more local revenue, more equitably and fairly, and in ways that promote trust, transparency and accountability

About LoGRI

Cities in the Global South are growing rapidly and need to generate more revenue to fund critical public services. Yet revenue-raising efforts by local governments – and property taxes in particular – are frequently ineffective, inequitable and unaccountable

Based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto (U of T), the Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI) is developing policy-relevant research and tools to help local governments in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia collect more local revenue, more equitably and fairly, and in ways that promote trust, transparency and accountability. LoGRI is an initiative of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), a leading global policy research network dedicated to improving the quality of tax policy and administration in lower-income countries.


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New program aimed at strengthening local taxation in lower-income countries draws $4-million in funding

The Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI) bridges academic research, policy and practice by partnering with governments to improve revenue collection, governance and public services.


Meet the Team

Dr. Titilola Akindeinde

Executive Director, LoGRI

Dr. Akindeinde has about 20 years of experience in Economic Policy and Strategy in the UK and Nigeria. She has a proven track record as a UK government economist, a consultant providing technical support to the Government of Nigeria, and as Team Leader/Programme Manager implementing FCDO funded Policy Development Facility (PDF) programmes, where she demonstrated success in leadership, programme management, strategic thinking and engagement, analytical decision making, economic analysis, and policy and strategy development. She has led teams and consultants in economic and governmental interventions and communicated the results effectively to various stakeholders and audiences. Dr. Akindeinde has a highly developed political awareness, understanding of economic policies and growth, and wide-reaching networks through her experience working at a high level within government. This awareness underscores her ability to use political judgement and sensitivity in managing relationships with senior government and private sector actors as evidenced in her leadership of PDF.

Wilson Prichard

Chair, LoGRI
Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Wilson Prichard is an Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Department of Political Science, is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies and is the CEO of the International Center for Tax and Development.  He holds a Ph.D. and MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies, and a BA from Harvard University.  His research is focused on the question of taxation and development, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of Taxation, Responsiveness, and Accountability: The Dynamics of Tax Bargaining in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press) and Taxing Africa (Zed Books, named a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2019). His work has appeared in a wide range of academic journals, including the British Journal of Political ScienceInternational AffairsWorld Development, and the Journal of Development Studies, and he also writes and blogs broadly for policy audiences.  He works closely with civil society organizations, national governments, regional organizations, and international agencies, including as research lead on the World Bank’s Innovations in Tax Compliance program, as the technical lead on a reform of the property tax system in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and as a member of the Advisory Board to the ‘BEPS and Mining’ program of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals, and Sustainable Development.

Dr. Colette Nyirakamana

Research Lead, LoGRI, and Senior Research Associate, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Colette Nyirakamana is a senior research associate with the Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI). Colette has served since 2020 as program lead of the African Property Tax Initiative at the International Centre for Tax and Development, where she was in charge of supporting ICTD-funded researchers, leading research projects, engaging with key stakeholders and advising governments in the design of property tax reform efforts in Gambia, Benin, Cameroon and Nigeria. Her research expertise is in fiscal decentralization and fiscal autonomy building in African cities. She holds a PhD in comparative public policy from McMaster University, a MA in public administration and BA in political communication from the Université de Montréal.

Ann Perry

Director, Administration

Ann Perry is director of administration at the Local Government Revenue Initiative. She previously served as associate director and communications lead at Medicine by Design, the largest grant-funded program at the University of Toronto (U of T), and as speechwriter for the dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. She spent 10 years as a journalist at the Toronto Star and has also held communications roles at the Ontario government and The United Church of Canada.

Moyo Arewa

Research and Program Officer

Moyo is responsible for supporting the management and implementation of the ICTD’s research and capacity building programmes, as well as helping to advance several programmes, including the LoGRI, a new programme on taxation and digitalisation, and expanded engagement with civil society organisations. Prior to joining ICTD, he was a Policy Development Officer at the City of Toronto. Moyo received his Master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.

Graeme Stewart-Wilson

Technical Lead, Diagnostic, Zambia

Graeme Stewart-Wilson is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a researcher with ICTD. His research focuses on the political dynamics of subnational tax reform in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nicolas Orgeira

Technical Lead, Pilot, Zambia

Marie-Reine Mukazayire

Research Assistant

Marie-Reine is an enthusiastic student pursuing her Master of Global Affairs at the Munk School. Both academically and professionally, she is interested in learning about the ways sub-Saharan states can pursue financial and economic decolonization. She hopes to investigate and understand how these countries can develop state capacity to address socio-economic inequalities while promoting human-centric sustainable growth. 

Marly Augustine

Program Coordinator, Zambia

Marly Augustine is a Policy Analyst and Program Coordinator for LoGRI’s property tax assessment and pilot project in Zambia. She is currently pursuing a Master of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Prior to her studies and work with LoGRI, Marly was working in the humanitarian and development sectors for more than 10 years with international and non-governmental organizations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. She has assumed roles in program management, monitoring and evaluation, communications, and grant writing and management. Marly holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Government from Georgetown University.

Paul Fish

Technical Advisor

Paul Fish has been assisting local government initiatives to mobilise revenues through property tax reform since 2006. As part of a team Paul has developed and implemented a reform program as well as directing dedicated software to administer those reforms.  He has worked in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Senegal, Ghana, and Uganda. Paul draws on his earlier property valuation experience as principal of consultants Altus Group based in Toronto, Canada.

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