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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Part of the reason for the break with Kismayo market is the glaring tensions between the Harti - based faction and the surrounding Ogadeen - based militia , hostilities that erupted during 1991 and 1992 and in subsequent years as well ...
The vast majority of milk sold in the border region was ( and is ) consumed in the three large regional towns : Kismayo , Gelib , and Jamaame . While milk markets in the large towns remain open throughout the year , they close in the ...
Herders of Kismayo District are considerably more sedentary and less dependent on livestock than those of Afmadow District , a pattern that was attenuated during the 1990s . As was noted in Chapter 3 , Kismayo District remains generally ...
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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