Policy and Practice
Author ORCID Identifier
Roy Bahl: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7956-5076
Riël Franzsen https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4545-2775
The property tax is levied in all African countries except Burkina Faso and Seychelles. In some countries (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda), it is a constitutionally guaranteed source of revenue for local governments. In all cases, it is levied by local or national law. But almost everywhere in Africa, it is underused and badly administered. Colonial heritage does not seem to be a factor in the weak performance of the property tax, nor does the level (national or local) at which the tax is levied. Some factors plague property tax performance in developing countries throughout the world, but other reasons for this immaturity of the property tax are specific to individual African countries or to the continent as a whole.
Bahl, Roy W., Riel Franzsen and William McCluskey. "Policy and Practice" in Franzsen Riel and William J McCluskey. Property Tax in Africa : Status Challenges and Prospects, pp. 29-104. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2017.