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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For example , Somali livestock that are imported ' illegally ' into Kenya but openly traded , discussed , and inscribed in daily practice assume official status in the border regions and can even appear in trade statistics .
As discussed earlier , it has been an important trade center since the nineteenth century.10 The location of the Lower Jubba , with its sea links to the outside , brings nomadic herders and local traders into close contact with global ...
All three trade routes , however , show similarities to the trans - border markets discussed in Chapter 5 in their importance to local economies and food security . The Bulla Hawo - to - Mandera border trade is particularly ...
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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