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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In southern Somalia , such resources never reached the rural areas ( see Chapter 2 ) , nor did herders ever assume the state was a ... At that time the state indirectly intervened in the area's pastoral sector by encouraging exports and ...
Camels rarely enter the Jubba Valley area or other potential wetlands , because they are extremely susceptible to water ... Sub - clans claim different parts of the rangelands and their customary grazing areas are well known and include ...
The exact location of this buffer area fluctuates according to the fortunes and maneuvers of different regional ... The increased risks of grazing in insecure areas are not purely random , nor have they affected herd movements as much ...
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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