Real taxation practices in the Congolese police sector

Date: 9 April 2015

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Building S - Nile Room (1st floor) - Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB

Short description: IOB seminar by Kristof Titeca and Albert Malukisa

How are public services financed in a situation with minimal state infrastructure and state resources? Through the case of the Congolese traffic police, it will be shown how in the absence of state regulation and financing, an extensive system of informal revenue collection has been established. 

Based on both ethnographic and quantitative field research in three Congolese towns during the last two years, it will be shown how first, there is a strong competition for control over these informal revenue streams. Second, the paper analyses the tension between informal and formal tax collection, and more concretely efforts by the state to formalize the informal revenue streams.

Lastly, attention will be given to the distribution of power and authority in the Congolese police sector and within this taxation system.


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