Policy and practice for international development

In today’s economic climate, the developing world faces several critical challenges that require stronger and more efficient partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. To obtain and carry forward the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations, these partnerships – built upon similar principles and values – are essential.

As a leading provider of professional services with field experience in developing countries, Lugna brings its extensive expertise in responding to some of these challenges by providing tailored services to help international development agents achieve the targets set out by SDG 17.

“Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

“Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation”

We work in close collaboration with governments, NGOs and local communities to improve the capacity of the local tax administration, support good governance and implement effective and targeted capacity building programs for other stakeholders.

At the start of every project, our multidisciplinary team of experts constantly seeks innovative and sustainable solutions for the toughest of challenges, while never losing sight of the people who should ultimately benefit from what we do.

Tax Policy

Our team has unparalleled on the ground tax expertise when it comes to international taxation. For that reason, we produce studies and strategies for global taxation competitiveness and advise on the intricacies of international tax policy.

Our work is the result of mixing our experience in the world of international taxation in the private sector with international best practices recommended by the OECD and other relevant international agencies.

Our experience has showed us the importance of cultural awareness when it comes to providing tax policy advice in developing countries. We have a clear understating of the need to adjust existing constitutional and legislative framework into the reality of a country’s economy, while keeping in mind the social and economic factors of each region.

Our advice is always provided in strict cooperation with relevant international organizations, civil society and other relevant stakeholders.

Capacity building

The implementation of the G20 tax priorities (e.g. Base Erosion and Profit Shifting and Automatic Exchange of Information) has suddenly increased the need to include developing countries in the global discussions that have been taking place concerning international taxation.

However, the difficult balance between functional/straightforward regulations that are essential in developing countries and regulations that have complex mechanisms to face tax evasion and avoidance schemes that are essential for more complex cross-border operations, has often led to bigger problems for tax administrations with very limited experience in dealing with international tax evasion and avoidance schemes.

Landmarks such as the SDG 17 or the Addis Tax Initiative have not only stressed the importance of improving domestic capacity for tax collection, but also the importance of assisting the tax administration of developing countries in dealing with these challenges.

At Lugna, we believe that our role should be primarily focused in providing training and developing the capacity of those who interact with us. We are fully aware that the mechanisms to tackle tax evasion and avoidance schemes will differ depending on the development of the region’s economy and administration and so will the tax administration that we provide training to.

We pride ourselves of not only disseminating and implementing targeted efficient training but also directly communicating and interviewing the people that we will receive it prior to any action is taken.