Summer Course 2016 – Tax & Development

posted Feb 25, 2016, 4:38 AM by Policy Research Center   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 6:19 AM ]
The Summer Course 2016 on Taxation and development took place on 15-19 August 2016 on Bohinj lake in Slovenia

This was the first of the annual events organized by Policy Research Center’s team with the objective to gather together professionals working in national and international development agencies, NGOs, journalists, policy makers and researchers active in the sphere of tax and development. The initiative resulted in a successful start and attracted interest of public, promising fruitful sequel and collaboration in the next years.
The program of the Course was intended to provide in depth analyses of current taxation issues relevant in the development agenda in different countries and continents. The program reviewed in detail and also provided the space for in depth discussions between trainers and participants on the following topics and tax development agendas:
  • Mobilization of Domestic Resources,
  • Local and Property Taxation,
  • Extractive Industry Taxation,
  • International Taxation, including BEPS project update and EU Tax Developments,
  • Transparency Initiatives including public Country by Country Reporting initiative.

The Course combined different methods and techniques including – high-level and overview sessions organized in the mornings as well as in depths seminars and workshops as well as panel discussions in the afternoons on the relevant topics based on the participant’s preferences with the objective to assure the breadth and depth of the program.

The program was intended for professionals working in national and international development agencies, NGO’s, journalists, policy advisers, advisers to ministers and members of parliament, policy makers as well as researchers active in research and development.

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The Summer Course took place in Slovenia in the mountain/lake resort – Bohijn Lake, where if weather is bad – it is a perfect location for making the best of the free time to review the additional reading materials and/or complete the course assignments during the generous lunch break and if weather is good – it is also a great place to take an early morning or evening hike and lunch time swim in the pristine waters of Bohijn lake.
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The PRC plans to organize such summer course on an annual basis and the next coming course is planned for second half of August 2017. The specific date will be determined later in a year. For more information about the course or should you wish to book the place in advance, please contact us at


Participants of the course appreciated and found the program of the course very interesting and useful, leaving many positive, but also constructive feedbacks.

“I am really happy I had participated in the summer course. I enjoyed meeting and networking with other participants. I learned a lot and gained a lot of additional materials I can use in my future work. I especially liked the flexibility in tailoring the program, when upon registration we were asked on the range of the most preferred topics for workshops”. (c) Marusa Babnik, Ekvilib Institute, Slovenia

“I especially liked that the course was very informative and extremely interactive. I loved its focus on developing countries! The experts of the course easily broke down the complex technical issues thus making concepts easy to understand – I believe that what made the course excellent. I believe my expectations were more than met. Thank you very much! I have learnt a lot and will definitely be back in future and potentially work together on developing capacity and training initiatives in Swaziland”. (c) Nsizwa Mutasa, Swaziland Revenue Authority, Swaziland

“I enjoyed being a trainer on this program. Participants had diverse backgrounds – tax experts and academics, NGO workers as well as young journalists and professionals in development. One thing they had in common was that they came with a lot of questions and curiosity on various tax and development topics. I was also impressed about their self-discipline of being prepared to work hard every day from 9 am till 6 pm, despite the beautiful weather and nature around us. I look forward to joining the course next year.” (c) Tomas Balco, Ministry of Finance, Slovakia

Practical Information

Course Materials

Recommended pre-course materials were sent to participants upon completed registration. Additional course materials were distributed during the course. To access online library with course materials, please proceed to the following page: Tax & Development Course materials

Course Program 

The detailed program of the 2016 course is available upon request at