Helsinki, 6 September 2022 (TDI): The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Webinar Series- New perspectives on Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) opens on 13 September 2022.

The Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) program is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

Think WIDER Webinar Series

The agenda of UNU-WIDER’s Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) program is to help improve developing countries’ tax systems.

It strengthens their domestic capacities for revenue collection. Tax revenue mobilization is significant in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and countering debt vulnerability.

Domestic revenue mobilization is important for economic and social development. It allows governments to finance critical public goods necessary for positive health and education outcomes.

Efficient domestic resource mobilization will lead to increased financing of crucial public goods needed for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Two of the projects in the DRM program “Building up efficient and fair taxing system” and “Simulating tax and benefit policies for development” (SOUTHMOD) provide support to governments in developing countries.

This is specifically in the use of administrative tax data and tax-benefit microsimulation models. Many developing countries are now building up their social protection systems.

Moreover, the financing of public spending will need to be increasingly based on domestic tax revenues. The webinar covers a wide range of topics. It includes the development of tax systems, non-tax domestic revenue mobilization, and political institutions.


The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research began operations over 30 years ago in Helsinki, Finland.

It is the first research center of the United Nations University. It focuses on economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all.

UNU-WIDER institute gets funding through an endowment fund with additional contributions from the European Union, Finland, Norway, Myanmar, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.