In-Profile – Toril-Iren Pedersen, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)

In her interview for DeLoG' Newsletter No. 55, Toril illustrates the role of local taxes in improving subnational domestic resource mobilisation for better public service delivery. She discusses Norad's work on decentralisation and local governance, and how multi-level governance connects to taxing schemes and DRM.

Toril-Iren Pedersen is the Policy Director for Tax for Development at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). She holds a master’s degree in Human Geography, having specialized in development geography, from the University of Oslo. Prior to joining Norad she worked for thirteen years inside the UN system, focusing on a range of governance and public management issues including support to local governments, expenditure and revenue management, land governance and gender in public administrations. Her experience spans several agencies: UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNFPA and UNICEF with extensive experience from country-level programming in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Somalia to global and regional programs.

As Norad's focal point for DeLoG, Toril explains and contextualises the role that decentralisation and local governance (DLG) play inside the organisation, especially in light of Norad's new Strategy 2030. She highlights the potential of subnational Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) for strengthening citizens' trust in government, the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis and the importance of functioning multi-level governance and allocation of clear responsibilities. Toril also highlights how Norad's work in supporting DLG programs on Public Financial Management demonstrated the need to bring together the DLG and tax communities.

Read the full interview here.