Mihaly Kopanyi

Mr. Kopanyi is a municipal finance consultant. Before retiring from The World Bank in 2011 he worked in 30 countries and he was a municipal finance adviser and co-chair of the Municipal Finance Thematic Group. His core competency areas include intergovernmental finance, financing urban infrastructure, and reforming financial intermediaries. He has edited or co-authored more than 30 books and numerous articles; his recent works include: the ‘Municipal Finance e-learning course’ of the World Bank Institute; ‘Financing Municipalities in Turkey’, ‘Reforming the Georgia Municipal Development Fund’, and ‘Financing Delivery of Urban Services in Rwanda’.

Content by Mihaly Kopanyi
  • Blog post

    Improving asset and debt management in developing cities

    Many developing cities have a large pool of wealth in their public assets, however they lack the inventory and strategic capacities required to untap the potential revenue. Well managed cities are able to harness their assets, ensuring they have predictable streams of finance that can be used to pursue inclusive and sustainable development plans. Strategic management of...

    9 Jan 2019 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Mila Friere

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Taxing vacant urban land in Kampala

    24 Aug 2018 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Considerations for a tax on urban vacant land in Kampala

    Vacant land constitutes an estimated 8-10% of Kampala’s land. However, this does not take into account abandoned or derelict buildings, space used for parking, or large pieces of land attached to small buildings. These are all types of land that have been categorised as vacant in other countries. Currently, vacant land is not classified as property under the...

    24 Aug 2018 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Asset and debt management for cities

    This paper argues and provides examples that municipal assets, debts, and liabilities are fundamental elements of any city management program and strategy.  Consistent and comprehensive analysis is a very important task that city leaders should fulfill. Well managed cities show visible positive results, such as balanced and sustainable development, stable and affordable...

    20 Jul 2018 | Maria Freire, Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Project

    Property tax policy and administration in Tanzania

    In July of 2016, the government of the United Republic of Tanzania shifted responsibility for property tax administration and collection from the Local Government Authorities(LGAs) to the Tanzanian Revenue Authority (TRA). The TRA is in a process of planning and strategizing for how it will manage property taxation, expand the number of municipalities to collect property...

    18 Jan 2018 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Publication - Policy note

    Taxation of vacant urban land: From theory to practice

    17 Jul 2017 | Astrid Haas, Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Project

    The potential of taxing vacant land in Kampala’s central division

    In a previous IGC-funded research project at the request of the Directorate of Revenue Collection (DRC) in the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Dr Mihaly Kopanyi analysed various ways that KCCA could potentially raise its own source revenue. One of the main recommendations was to explore the issue of taxation of vacant land. Land tax overall is a major potential...

    15 Mar 2017 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas

  • Project

    An effective building tax rate for Rwanda

    This project analyses the impacts of a proposed and various alternative buildings tax for Rwanda. It will also include commenting on the buildings tax threshold, sales tax, land tax provisions and planned valuation procedures, due to their interaction and inclusion in the same draft law.

    14 Mar 2017 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Publication - Working Paper

    An effective property tax regime for Rwanda

    14 Mar 2017 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Sally Murray

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Financing the expansion and delivery of urban services (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Local revenue reform in Rwanda: Property tax (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Project

    Local revenue reform in Kampala

    Investment in infrastructure to steer city development onto the right path is crucial to build a productive city. However, it is also very costly and difficult to finance. Local authorities’ performance in revenue collection is therefore a major determinant of successful urbanisation. With this context, this project seeks to inform reforms of local revenue collection by...

    17 Dec 2015 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Local revenue reform of Kampala Capital City Authority

    1 Oct 2015 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Project

    Financing the expansion and delivery of urban services

    Growing cities have the potential to raise productivity in Rwanda and accelerate reductions in poverty. However, to do so, municipalities will have to raise revenue to finance urban infrastructure and services. This paper analyses policy options for increasing municipal revenues to finance urbanisation. The researchers recommend changes to the property tax...

    22 Apr 2015 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Project

    Local revenue reform in Rwanda: Property tax

    Efficient tax collection is essential to service delivery yet implementing an effective property tax policy remains a challenge for the Rwandan government This project analysed Rwanda’s draft property tax law, recommending measures to improve both policy and implementation Researchers recommended a ‘mass valuation’ of all properties and a focus on...

    22 Apr 2015 | Mihaly Kopanyi