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 contrast to the overseas trade , a large percentage of traders involved in the cross - border trade to Kenya reside in the region or across the border in Kenya , and most of the revenues from this commerce remain in the region .
Market channels Prior to 1991 the cattle trade in the border region was essentially focused on four markets , which accounted for about 90 percent of the region's sales . First was the regional domestic trade that was concentrated in ...
In 1996 information was sought on 27 traders of Afmadow and surrounding areas who had been interviewed in 1987 and 1988. ... As was explained in Chapter 5 , livestock prices in the border region are less volatile than prices for grains ...
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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