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 ) .
By July of that year the long rains in the Lower Jubba had consisted of only a few showers , with a combined total of about 20 mm of rainfall or less than 30 percent of normal amounts . Confronted with dim prospects for improvement ...
4 Menkhaus , Kenneth 1989 Rural Transformation and the Roots of Underdevelopment in Somalia's Lower Jubba Valley . PhD Thesis , University of South Carolina , Columbia , SC –1991 Report on an Emergency Needs Assessment of the Lower ...
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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