Treasure Mapped: Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Developmental Effects of Somali Piracy
Dr Anja Shortland, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University
This event will mark the launch of Treasure Mapped: Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Developmental Effects of Somali Piracy, an Africa Programme Paper by Dr 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.
The paper demonstrates how 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. Dr Shortland argues that the positive economic impacts of piracy are widely spread, so a military strategy to eradicate piracy could seriously undermine local development. She suggests that villages that have gained little from hosting pirates may be more open to a negotiated solution which would be to their benefit.