Global Tax Program (GTP)

The GTP provides an umbrella framework for World Bank Group (WBG) support in the tax field, building on an ongoing program of activities to strengthen tax institutions and mobilize domestic revenues. The GTP also contributes to improving coordination and knowledge sharing between the key organizations working on taxes (IMF, WBG, OECD and UN).

Country/region Period Budget
01.10.2017 - 31.07.2024
CHF  11’400’000

Strengthening domestic revenue performance is a key objective of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is included as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Current domestic resource levels in developing countries remains insufficient to meet sustainable development needs. The GTP represents the main vehicle of the WBG for providing technical assistance and training in this critical area. The support provided to this program is a concrete contribution of Switzerland to the Addis Tax Initiative. The program was expanded with a fiscal pillar to provide rapid support to countries affected by the Covid-19 crisis.


The overall objective of the GTP is to strengthen tax systems of developing countries by facilitating the design and implementation of fair and effective tax systems. This includes greater participation of developing countries in the development of the global tax architecture, improved understanding of the requirements to improve the performance of tax administrations and strengthening the application of research and knowledge development for improved performance.

Medium-term outcomes

Strengthened capacity to formulate and implement evidence-based tax policies to help developing countries meet their development goals (including enhancing collections, increasing tax system equity and fairness, and promoting private sector development)

Improved efficiency and equity of the tax system

Reduced uncertainty and complexity of doing business

Increased voluntary tax compliance

Improved design, transparency and administration of tax incentives (to broaden the tax base and tackle corruption)

Greater involvement of developing countries in the global tax discussion

Improved knowledge on international tax issues to better target priority issues for developing countries


Expected results:  

Policy advice and capacity building to strengthen capacity to formulate and implement tax policies

Development and implementation of the Tax Policy Assessment Framework (TPAF)

Expansion of the scope of the Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT)

Improved design and administration of VAT

Design and implementation of policy instruments to lead to a carbon neutral policy

Policies and procedures on transfer pricing, interest deduction, treaty abuse including country and region-based solutions

Toolkits providing guidance on international tax issues

New audit techniques, risk assessment tools and new accounting standards (e.g. county-by-country reporting)

Increased compliance with global standards for tax transparency and exchange of information

Development of risk assessment systems to identify sources of risky transactions

Tax administrative data and data analytics

Tax Research Flagship Report

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Development cooperation
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    11’400’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    62’985’000
Project phases Phase 1 01.10.2017 - 31.07.2024   (Current phase)