Mission and Functions


Vision and mission

The International Tax Compact (ITC) is driven by the vision of fair, efficient and transparent tax systems for sustainable development. In order to achieve this, the ITC aims to strengthen the effectiveness of results-oriented initiatives in the area of tax and development. This is achieved by facilitating and supporting networking, knowledge sharing and multi-level cooperation within and across initiatives in an impartial manner. The ITC currently facilitates the secretariats of the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI) and the Network of Tax Organisations (NTO). To learn more about the ITC worklines, please click here.

The ITC was launched in 2009 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) with its implementation. Since its foundation, the ITC has continuously evolved to reflect changing priorities in the international tax and development landscape, thus adjusting its profile, governance structure and working modes over time. For more information, please refer to our history section.


The ITC fulfils three essential functions.

Providing secretarial services: The ITC provides secretarial services to the international initiatives and networks it facilitates. In doing so, the ITC is engaged in network and project management, strategy and concept development, communication and outreach, event management, knowledge management and facilitation.

Building networks: The ITC acts as a networker between initiatives facilitated by the ITC and other initiatives in the area of tax and development. It identifies and promotes synergies and cross-linkages between initiatives it facilitates, but also between these initiatives and other international initiatives, to enable the scaling-up of activities and to increase their impact. By establishing networks between different initiatives, the ITC also ensures that the initiatives it facilitates are linked to the international discourse. The ITC further links the initiatives it facilitates to programmes working in the area of tax and development, thereby creating the potential for co-fertilisation with those programmes.

Acting as an incubator: If interest is expressed by stakeholders, the ITC also acts as an incubator for new initiatives. The ITC provides logistical and advisory support from visioning to implementation, and assists in the institutionalisation of new initiatives, including by establishing governance structures and business procedures.