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Even in this international context, profitable extra-state trade remainsintricately tied to informal trade.5Rich transnational extra-state associations require the hunger of aver-age people—the hunger for food, jobs, recognition, daily necessities, sur-vival. Informal networks may be said to be, in some ways, the sites of pro-duction for the shadows globally.3. Governments and INGOs Don’t Always Define Extra-State Practices as Negative.Quite sim-ply, most governments would rather have non-formal economy phar-maceuticals on the streets than have all the Paisinhos with life-threaten-ing illnesses die from lack of access to medicines.If people bring industrial, agricultural, health care, educational, and
transport supplies into the country along unregulated lines in ways thatstimulate the economy, higher human development index standards willensue. If there are no other ways to meet the challenges of development,a government may find that these benefits outweigh the risks of the polit-ical instability a more debilitated economy might unleash.These realities are belied in development programs: virtually every aid,development, and economic enhancement organization deals directly, andgenerally exclusively, through the formal sector. These deal little with thevast majority of people in countries like Angola. Most of the (develop-ment) monies coming into the country are flowing through the formalsector and then out of the country, either via foreign goods-and-servicespurchases, or via corruption.The last issue is critical: the corruption that is currently a prime topicof concern in development circles has its main font in the formal sector—the sector that intergovernmental loans and aid monies are channeledthrough. At the same time, aid may well be routed into the very struc-tures that are most likely to foment continuing conflicts.4. Extra-State Transaction and Its Connection to Development Link with Political Power.Thestreet vendor of drugs is unlikely to become a high-powered busi-nessperson; and little Paisinho has even less chance for such a career.But the street vendor is “cannon fodder; the front line soldier,” saysDetective Richard Flynn of Scotland Yard. Such a vendor is dependenton people with the kind of political, economic, and social connectionsand sources of wealth who are able to negotiate the blurry lines ofil/legality in moving pharmaceuticals from cosmopolitan sites of pro-duction through international shipping routes and borders to local pop-ulations. The powerhouses behind moving street pharmaceuticals havewide-ranging business interests, international contacts, and wealth, allof which can be “bartered” into political stature. Successful business-people not only have the ear of government and international organi-zations, they most commonlyarethe government and internationalorganizations.

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