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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Table 5.3 . Cattle prices in the Afmadow - Garissa - Nairobi market chain , 1996 Prices ( US $ ) Cattle Market ? Quality 1 Quality 2 Quality 3 Afmadow ( Somalia ) 198 128 71 Doble ( Somalia ) 205 141 77 Libooye ( border ) 225 163 86 ...
For example , the figures in the table are based on a non - drought , non - flood year , and a period without conflict and border closures , all of which can disrupt trade and trader profits . In the 1998 survey , pastures were ...
Table 6.4 . Terms of trade between small stock and foodstuffs in Somaliland markets , 1997-8 Food item Exchange equivalencies from sale of one small stock ( export quality ) Berbera ( in kg ) Borama ( in kg Togwajale ( in kg ) Range of ...
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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