How to End Hunger in Developing Countries? Help Their Governments Collect Taxes

Photo Credit: UN Second in a series by Steven Damiano (LBJ MGPS Graduate) covering his internship at Bread for the World Institute. This summer, at the Bread for the World Institute, I researched a topic not typically associated with international development: taxation. The subject may seem far from the realm of Bread for the World’s mission of combating hunger, but the connection is a sensible one. Public goods, social safety programs, and other services necessary to transform economies and bring people out of hunger hinge on a government’s ability to spend collected tax revenues. Proper taxation creates effective states, which, in turn, enable development....

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