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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The core of the southern Somali borderlands is the Lower Jubba Region , a former administrative unit that straddles the Kenya border and is bounded on the east by the Jubba River and on the south by the Indian Ocean ( Fig . 2.1 ) .
the Middle Jubba Region , Somalia , and other parts of southern Somalia . In conquering the border region , the Somali groups subordinated the Oromo into lower - status clients and at times incorporated them into their own communities .
As was pointed out then , herd movements are strongly influenced by several environmental features : ( 1 ) the Jubba Valley ; ( 2 ) the Lag Dera ( and Jira ) complex ; ( 3 ) the coastal zone ; and ( 4 ) the tsetse fly belt .
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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