Monrovia Transfigured

  • Julia Smith-Omomo


The Liberian civil wars, occurring between 1989 and 2003, may explain some of the myriad business and informal financial practices present in the country, but there exist important distinctions between rural and urban practices, and some practices are rooted in cooperative structures that existed pre-war. This chapter argues that the current economic landscape is a product of historical cooperative structures and the effects of the civil wars, which have created new coping mechanisms. The rate of reliance on informal practices (especially when compared to formal financial strategies) is so pervasive that an account of only the formal sector will miss the majority of the lived experiences of the population.

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  • Julia Smith-Omomo
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherWashington, DCUSA

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