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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a has been problematic since early in the colonial period and , most dramatically , after Kenya's independence in 1963.3 With the collapse of the Somali state in January 1991 , the boundaries between the two countries and between ...
It also is thought that the innovative informal banking system , which evolved in response to Somalia's collapsed finance ... business and economics , food security , education , and local governance – since the government's collapse .
that daily life has collapsed because of the downfall of a moribund government or the departure of UNOSOM in 1995. ... where states are in various stages of collapse or ineffectiveness and where physical security is a daily concern .
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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