Somalia: Economy Without State
International African Institute, 2003 - 206 pages
In the wake of the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, a "second" or "informal" economy based on trans-border trade and smuggling is thriving. While focusing primarily on pastoral and agricultural markets, Peter D. Little demonstrates that the Somalis are resilient and opportunistic and that they use their limited resources effectively. While it is true that many Somalis live in the shadow of brutal warlords and lack access to basic health care and education, Little focuses on those who have managed to carve out a productive means of making ends meet under difficult conditions and emphasizes the role of civic culture even when government no longer exists. Exploring questions such as, Does statelessness necessarily mean anarchy and disorder? Do money, international trade, and investment survive without a state? Do pastoralists care about development and social improvement? This book describes the complexity of the Somali situation in the light of international terrorism.
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Herders and traders still talk about this or that ' district ' of Somalia as if they are government units , and , surprisingly , some degree of local civil administration exists in the absence of a formal government .
Global rates of malnutrition along the border in Mandera District , Kenya have been recorded as high as 57 percent ... In other pastoral areas of northern Kenya , such as Turkana and Marsabit Districts , nutritional and food security ...
The performance of district councils varied markedly in the border region and some became just another vehicle of local division and a means for former civil servants and elites to return to authority ( see Prendergast 1997 : 133–4 ) .
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Argues that despite political, social, and environmental instability, the Somali society and economy have survived. The author focuses on the Somali borderlands adjacent to Kenya, comparing that ... Read full review