Journal articles

Vanessa van den Boogaard and Fabrizio Santoro (Forthcoming 2022) Financing governance beyond the state: Informal revenue generation in south-central Somalia, African Affairs.

Vanessa van den Boogaard and Fabrizio Santoro (2022) Co-financing community-driven development through informal taxation: Evidence from south-central Somalia, Governance.

Tanya Bandula-Irwin, Max Gallien, Ashley Jackson, Vanessa van den Boogaard and Florian Weigand (2022) Beyond greed: Why armed groups tax, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Vanessa van den Boogaard, Wilson Prichard, Rachel Beach and Fariya Mohiuddin (2022) Enabling tax bargaining: Supporting more meaningful tax transparency and taxpayer engagement in Ghana and Sierra Leone, Development Policy Review.

Vanessa van den Boogaard, Wilson Prichard and Samuel Jibao (2021) Norms, networks, power and control: The multiple facets of informal cross-border trade practices in Sierra Leone, Journal of Borderlands Studies 36, 1: 77-97.

Vanessa van den Boogaard, Wilson Prichard and Samuel Jibao (2019) Informal taxation in Sierra Leone: Magnitudes, perceptions and implications, African Affairs 118, 471: 259-284.

Vanessa van den Boogaard, Wilson Prichard, Matthew Sterling Benson and Nikola Milicic (2018) Tax revenue mobilization in conflict-affected developing countries, Journal of International Development 30, 2: 345-64.

Vanessa van den Boogaard (2018) Gender and the formal and informal systems of local public finance in Sierra Leone / Genre et systèmes formels et informels de finances publiques locales en Sierra Leone, Politique Africaine 3, 151: 61-86.

Wilson Prichard and Vanessa van den Boogaard (2017) Norms, power and the socially embedded realities of market taxation in northern Ghana, African Studies Review 60, 1: 171-194.

Vanessa van den Boogaard (2017) Modern post-colonial approaches to citizenship: Kwame Nkrumah’s political thought on Pan-Africanism, Citizenship Studies 21, 1: 44-67.

Peer-reviewed working papers

Nana Akua Anyidoho, Max Gallien, Mike Rogan and Vanessa van den Boogaard (2022) Mobile money taxation and informal workers: Evidence from Ghana's E-Levy, ICTD Working Paper 146. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Rachel Beach and Vanessa van den Boogaard (2022) Tax and governance in the context of scarce revenues: Inefficient tax collection and its implications in rural West Africa, ICTD Working Paper 139. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies

Susana Araujo, Wajahat Afzal, Deepta Chopra, Max Gallien, Umair Javed, Salman Khan, Shandana Khan Mohmand, Maha Noor Qureshi, Shafaq Sohail and Vanessa van den Boogaard (2022) The distances that the Covid-19 pandemic magnified: Research on informality and the state, IDS Bulletin 53, 3: 111-128.

Max Gallien and Vanessa van den Boogaard (2021) Informality and the state: The politics of connection and disconnection during a global pandemic, IDS Working Paper 558. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Max Gallien and Vanessa van den Boogaard (2021) Rethinking formalisation: A conceptual critique and research agenda, ICTD Working Paper 127. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Shanadana Khan Mohmand, Colin Anderson, Max Gallien, Tom Harrison, Anuradha Joshi, Miguel Loureiro, Giulia Mascagni, Giovanni Occhiali and Vanessa van den Boogaard (2021) Governance for building back better, IDS Bulletin 52,1: 163-180.

Book chapters

Vanessa van den Boogaard (2019) Gender and positionality: Opportunities, challenges, and ethical dilemmas in Ghana and Sierra Leone, in Max Kelly and Ruth Jackson (Eds) Women Researching in Africa: The Impact of Gender (Palgrave MacMillan).

Book reviews

Vanessa van den Boogaard (2021) Jalloh, Alusine. 2018. Muslim Fula business elites and politics in Sierra Leone, Canadian Journal of African Studies 55,1: 232-233.


Vanessa van den Boogaard (2016) Ferguson, James. 2015. Give a man a fish: Reflections on the new politics of distribution, African Studies Quarterly 16, 2: 105-107.



Vanessa van den Boogaard (2015) Raeymaekers, Timothy. 2014. Violent capitalism and hybrid identity in the eastern Congo: Power to the margins, African Studies Quarterly 16, 1: 129-131.



Policy reports

Nyirakamana, C., V. van den Boogaard, and W. Ahmed (2021) Land and property taxation to finance urban development in Somaliland, Sahamiye Foundation Report. Hargeisa, Somaliland: Sahamiye Foundation.

Gallien, M., M. Moore, and V. van den Boogaard (2021) Taxing the informal economy is not a silver bullet for financing development — or the Covid-19 recovery, ICTD Policy Brief 24. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Joshi, A., J. Kangave, and V. van den Boogaard (2020) Gender and tax policies in the Global South, K4D Knowledge for Development Helpdesk Report 814. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Mohamand, S.K., C. Anderson, M. Gallien, T. Harrison, A. Joshi, M. Loureiro, G. Mascagni, G. Occhiali, and V. van den Boogaard (2020) Governance and building back better, IDS Positioning Paper. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

van den Boogaard, V. (2020) Equity implications of the co-provision of public education in Sierra Leone/ La cofinanciación de la educación pública: Implicancias para la equidad en Sierra Leona, NORRAG Special Issue No. 5 on Domestic Financing: Tax and Education, Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training.

van den Boogaard, V. and W. Prichard (2016) What have we learned about informal taxation in sub-Saharan Africa?, International Centre for Tax and Development Summary Brief 2. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.