Thematic Areas

Tax Power

Tax Power 2 - Tax pays for public services

Tax Power 2 - Tax pays for public services

Key ideas

  • Tax should help support public services. This is what taxes are for.
  • The lack of adequate public services has negative effects on people’s lives, especially on women.
  • Having to pay for private services such as private schools is paying twice, as tax has already been paid to have public education.

Possible tools

  1. Public services map – how good are your local public services?
  2. Tax body map – impact of a lack of public service financing (esp. on women/youth)
  3. The ideal school – paying twice for education?
  4. The ‘tax-pays-for’ photo – is tax used on public services?



Here you can download some useful resources.

Tools in this toolbox

Income and expenditure pie chart

To analyse the relative allocation of an individual or organisation's income on different categories of expenditure. It is a part…

Monitoring Matrix of Local Fees and Taxes

This tool has been developed to support community organizations, district platforms and local communities to follow the process o…

Public services map

To analyse the state of a public service (e.g. education) and the impacts on local people, and to analyse and prioritise the most…

Tax body map

A body map is used to look at the effects of not having public services on local people’s rights, especially women (and youth).Ob…

The ideal school – paying twice for education

The idea that tax-pays-for-education is explored through a school mapping activity.ObjectivesTo explore links between paying taxe…

The ‘tax-pays-for’ photo

The relation between tax and public services is explored through a photo action.NB. This tool needs at least one camera or mobile…