Ayman Abdel Moati
These papers are the outcome of a conference that was held in Tunis, Tunisia (16-17 September 2016)
Publishers: Arab Forum for Alternatives and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung North Africa office
The idea of establishing an economy that works on serving the interests of the community rather than a few individuals who only seek profit is not really new. Starting from primitive communism, human communities have for successive eras divided labor and shared resources. That was long before the emergence of private property and all the economic patterns associated with it such as the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the minority at the expense of the working majority. Family economies, which still exist in both urban and rural areas, are based on collective management of production processes and the distribution of products through cooperation among members of the same family or at times the same networks of interests. Such kind of cooperation meets the demands of the producers themselves as well as the local community in which they live.