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 two rivers , the Jubba and the Tana , flow parallel to each other in a southerly direction and roughly shape the external limits of this region . ... 4 Hagar Jubba River AFMADOW GELIB Lag Jira Lag Dera Afmadow A Land of Livestock 23.
Along the Jubba River there are no longer effective flood control canals and dykes , since they mainly were built during the colonial period and were not maintained in recent years . Their lack of maintenance is a casualty of the ...
First is the presence of the Jubba River , Somalia's only true perennial river . Its annual flood is vital to the regeneration of local pastures , ponds , and wells in the eastern part of the region . The Jubba River originates in the ...
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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