|Prichard, W. (2014) Using Local IT Solutions to Improve Local Government Tax Reform, IDS Policy Briefing 58. Brighton: IDS.
|Appropriate information technology systems are critical to realising the local
government tax reforms that are the focus of growing international attention.
The two systems frequently favoured by donors and governments are sophisticated
international systems, which offer the (elusive) promise of transformation, or,
tailored systems developed locally by donors themselves, which promise low cost
and local appropriateness. However, international solutions are often high cost
and poorly suited to local needs, while donor-led solutions risk a lack of
sustainability. Using locally developed, frequently open source, private sector
solutions can offer a superior option.
However, their adoption requires commitment by donors and governments, including overcoming entrenched decision-making biases.
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|Using Local IT Solutions to Improve Local Government Tax Reform
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