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The big question of the parallel session 3C on “‘Finding the Money’: Mobilizing Finances to Address Disparities” turned out to be – “Why is tax collection so low in South Asia and what can be done about it?”, even though we wanted it to go beyond tax and discuss other aspects of how a country can finance development challenges. Interesting assertion by Prof. Mick Moore that “increase in popular legitimacy of a govt helps improve tax collection performance of that country”,  on which there was some debate among the audience and panelists. But the most revealing fact of the afternoon was that while in Africa on average countries achieve about 80% performance on tax collection (from the expected level), in South Asia it’s just 51%.

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