Property Tax Reform in Zambia: Challenges and Opportunities


Launched in February 2022 and supported by GIZ, this project aimed to identify opportunities to refine Zambia’s property tax system through a diagnostic assessment and a valuation pilot employing a simplified, points-based method of property valuation.

The team conducted extensive research, including over 80 stakeholder interviews across Zambia’s Southern, Lusaka, and Luapula Provinces. These engagements provided valuable perspectives from government officials, local authorities, civil society and private sector representatives, citizens, and subject matter experts, feeding into a comprehensive diagnostic report.

In tandem, the team collected data on 2,160 properties in Mansa for the valuation pilot, which was analyzed by expert valuers. Property data was used to construct a model that can generate estimated assessment values for all properties in Mansa district. This initiative represents a critical step toward streamlining property valuations and enhancing fiscal efficiency. This project is a testament to our dedication to establishing a fair and transparent property tax regime, which is vital for Zambia’s growth and development.

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Marly Augustine

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Mashekwa Maboshe

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Graeme Stewart-Wilson

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Nicolas Orgeira Pillai

Doctoral Fellow

Nicolas Orgeira Pillai is a Doctoral Fellow with LoGRI. His research focuses on local revenue mobilisation, with a particular interest in property taxation and tax compliance. Through the use of impact evaluation approaches and quantitative analysis, his work aims to support tax administrations in implementing state-building tax reforms that improves governance and the relationship between the government and the citizens. His projects also relate to tax administration, gender and taxation, and the informal economy. He holds a master’s in economics at the University of Toronto and is a doctoral candidate in Economics at the University of Sussex.


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