UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


What’s tax got to do with it? Business, reporting and the SDGs

19 May 2022, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

What's tax got to do with it?

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) invites you to join this discussion on 'What’s tax got to do with it? Business, reporting and the SDGs' as part of the 'Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals' event series.

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Join Dr Kate Roll, Assistant Professor in Innovation, Development and Purpose at IIPP as she chairs a panel discussion on 'What’s tax got to do with it? Business, reporting and the SDGs'. Joining the panel discussion will be, Dr Bernadette O'Hare, Senior lecturer in Global Health at the University of St Andrews, Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi, Chair in Sustainable Finance and Governance at the EUI's School of Transnational Governance, and Dr Waziona Ligomeka, United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. Followed by questions from the audience.

This panel explores two areas of growing work and importance: firstly, the challenge of understanding and increasing the contribution of the private sector to the SDGs; and, secondly, the concomitant need to design and harness fiscal policy, particularly taxation, to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Panellists represent a diverse set of efforts to do this – ranging from estimating the effects of increased tax revenues on the SDGs in Malawi, to considering how to incentivise corporate SDG impact in Spain, and rethinking the contributions of corporations toward the SDGs in Nigeria. 
This panel will outline the key issues in this space before taking deep-dives into the innovative work that is driving change. It will also examine tough questions around the use of incentives and disincentives, the challenges of measurement and localisation, and the advantages and limitations of reporting mechanisms.  

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WalkingTheTalkSDGs.

All events will be held on Zoom. Tickets are free, booking is required. If you are unable to reserve a place you will be able to catch up after the event. Each talk will also be uploaded to our YouTube channel at a later date.

Register and read more about the 'Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals' series 

About the Speakers

Dr Kate Roll

Assistant Professor in Innovation, Development and Purpose at UCL IIPP

Kate Roll
Dr Kate Roll is a political scientist interested in vulnerability, with a particular focus on the factors that enable people to gain greater social, political and economic security. Her work asks questions such as: Who gets what after war and why? And who carries risk when corporations sell through the poor? Her multi-disciplinary work brings together politics, technology, business ethics, and development studies. Committed to grounded research, she has conducted in-depth field research in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya.

Dr Roll holds a DPhil in Politics (2015) and an MPhil in International Development Studies (2011; distinction) from the University of Oxford. Dr Roll’s doctoral fieldwork involved logging over 1,000 km on a motorbike, crisscrossing Timor-Leste to survey and interview over 220 registered former combatants – now one of the largest studies of its kind. Her BA from Brown University is in International Relations (2006; honours, Phi Beta Kappa), where her award-winning thesis focussed on how private military companies establish legitimacy.

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Dr Bernadette O’Hare

Senior lecturer in Global Health at University of St Andrews

Dr O'Hare
Dr O’Hare is a senior lecturer in Global Health. She is also a senior lecturer in Global Health at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Malawi and a consultant paediatrician.

She has worked in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa as a paediatrician and public health doctor, most recently in Malawi from 2010-2015 full-time and 2016-present, part-time.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), sits on the Working Group on Climate Change and chairs the International Strand.  She joined the Scottish Global Health Co-ordination Unit, where she initiated the Active Global Citizenship strand of work and currently is the lead champion of academia. She sits on the Scottish Chief Medical Officers (CMO) Global Health Executive Committee. She formerly sat on the advocacy committee and the international board of the RCPCH and the Paediatric and Child Health Executive Committee (PACHA) in Malawi.

Dr O'Hare studies the global influences on government revenue in low- and middle-income countries and the impact on development and fundamental rights.

These influences include tax revenue, debt service, and military expenditure. She studies ways to quantify their impact on access to fundamental rights (water, sanitation, education and healthcare) and the number of lives saved or lost. This project is called the Government Revenue and Development estimations, GRADE.

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Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi

Chair in Sustainable Finance and Governance at EUI's School of Transnational Governance

Kenneth Amaeshi
Kenneth Amaeshi is a leading scholar on sustainable business and finance in the global south. He is the Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa at the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a Chair in Sustainable Finance and Governance at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. 

Kenneth's research interest currently focuses on financial market reforms and governance, as well as on sector-level policies for sustainability and sustainability strategy in organisations. He has an expert level knowledge of developing and emerging economies. His research has a very strong interface between business and society, particularly national governments in Africa, where he has an extensive network. Since 2015, he has significantly contributed to developing the intellectual foundations of Africapitalism – an economic philosophy for the development of Africa – and championed its mainstreaming in the global academia. 

​Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works closely with businesses and governments in Africa, Europe, and Asia. He leads executive capacity building engagements and consultancy projects in the broad areas of sustainable finance, sustainability strategy, leadership, ethics, and governance for multinational corporations and institutions. He was recently a Scholar in Residence at the National Pension Commission, Nigeria.

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Dr Waziona Ligomeka

Waziona Ligomeka
Dr Ligomeka is the Director of Policy Planning and Research at Malawi Revenue Authority. He is also a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. The committee fosters international cooperation on domestic and international tax matters, working closely with observers from government, civil society, business and academia, to develop guidance and encourage an inclusive setting of norms and policies. 

He has served in the Ministry of Finance of the Malawi Government in various positions, including chief economist in the Revenue Policy Division and special assistant to the Secretary to the Treasury. He has also worked as a training facilitator in tax research with the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), a research institute based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK. 

He holds PhD in Taxation from University of Sussex (UK), master’s degree in International Development Policy (Taxation) from Duke University (USA) and bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Malawi. 

His research interests cover all aspects of tax policy and tax administration. Some of his publications include “Expensive to be a female trader: the reality of taxation female traders in Zimbabwe” and “Assessing the performance of African tax Administration: A Malawian Puzzle”.