Outgoing Managing Editor


Under the leadership and strategic management of Lyla Latif, the Committee on Fiscal Studies developed and launched this Journal modelled along "Designing the Future of Research" as its flagship project. Lyla Latif as the managing editor worked to support and publish 3 issues from 2018-2021 setting a strong record in disseminating high quality and sophisticated research. It was such a privilege and blessing to have her lead this journal and work so hard to establish it. Lyla Latif has now handed over the managing editor's position to Dr. Gedion Onyango. She continues to support the Journal as she takes on the role of the CFS Chair and other responsibilities.

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Current Issue

Vol 1 No 4 (2022): Special Issue: Debt and Alternative Finance

This special issue is dedicated to the work of the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights. It focuses on increasing transparency, clarity and participation in fiscal policymaking related to debt and to examine the impact on financing progress towards the achievement of human rights. The African revenue generation and budget cycle which has been modelled along the colonial version of a tax system for Africa is not effective to secure redistribution towards social spending and has shown vulnerability to external erosion of the tax base. This has resulted in a low taxable base, a ‘race to the bottom’, rising debt, structural inequalities undermining access to public resources by the poor and communities facing continuous discrimination. It has distorted redistribution that directs development away from grassroots levels and progress towards the achievement of human rights. It has also engineered the lack of equal bargaining power within the international financial architecture where the fiscal system of Africa is conditioned to support the fiscal systems of the advanced economies. This special issue is funded by OSIEA under Grant ID: OR2021-83193 on “To Support Training on Debt and Human Rights to Increase Participation in Fiscal Policy and Research”

Special Issue Editor:

Lyla Latif

Published: 2022-09-05
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ISSN 2664-1968 (print)

ISSN: 2789-1836 (online)