Practical aspects of mobilising property tax: experience in Sierra Leone and Malawi

Practical aspects of mobilising property tax: experience in Sierra Leone and Malawi

Much literature has been written about the appeal of property tax as a stable source of revenue for subnational governments in developing countries. Building on this significant background of literature is the author’s practical experience working in local government institutions within both Sierra Leone and Malawi.

This article relates to the development and testing of a process of mobilizing the internally generated property tax revenues of local governments, and reports on the results of that process, and the challenges and lessons learned.