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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5 These markets were indicated as buying areas for a few traders in the 1998 survey , but are really part of the southern Ethiopia / northern Kenya border trade , not the Somalia / Kenya border trade . They are included here mainly for ...
Central Somalia / eastern Ethiopia border focused on Belet Weyne town , Somalia ; 3. Somaliland / eastern Ethiopia route centered on Togwajale , Ethiopia and Borama , Somaliland . These three cross - border routes represent very ...
Numerous money traders openly exchange the Kenyan shilling , Ethiopian birr , Somali shilling , and the US dollar at ... network of Somali traders that encompasses Somalia and parts of Djibouti , Ethiopia , and northeastern Kenya .
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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