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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revenues associated with the cross - border trade remain in the region , with a large proportion being returned to southern Somalia . Based on available census figures , the population of Garissa town and its suburbs is about 43,000 ...
Thus , while the risks can be excessive in some years , the returns in the cross - border trade are also very high - well above profits in other types of agricultural trade and higher than returns in 1987–8 ( see Little and Dolan 1994 ) ...
While he has been involved in cattle trade for about 10 years , he has only pursued the cross - border trade since 1994 . a Some part - time bush traders , like Abdulcadhir , who were interviewed during 1987–8 are now engaged in cross ...
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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