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 political chaos of 1991 and 1992 tragically correlated with a terrible drought and famine in southern Somalia that left communities very vulnerable and resulted in at least 50,000 deaths in the borderlands alone , particularly in ...
In the border region , the most common source of water in the dry season is motorized boreholes , which at one time were operated by the government but are now under the control of local communities ( see Chapter 2 ) .
... it does not make a great deal of difference to many communities what kind of political configuration ( democratic , socialist , religious , or other ) exists at the top . Life will go on if these critical facets are left alone .
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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