Programme Paper

Project: Africa Programme, Horn of Africa Project

Author: 

Anja Shortland

  • This paper uses¬†recent forms of nightlight emissions and high resolution satellite imagery to look at the effects of piracy on the Somali economy and establish which groups benefit from ransom monies.
  • Pirates appear to be investing money principally in the main cities of Garowe and Bosasso rather than in the coastal communities where pirate activity is located.
  • The positive economic impacts of piracy are widely spread, so a military strategy to eradicate piracy could seriously undermine local development.
  • Villages that have gained little from hosting pirates may be more open to a negotiated solution which would be to their benefit.