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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Moreover , earlier Ogadeen concerns about Harti favoritism and their role in regional commerce in the early 1900s echo similar complaints against recent humanitarian efforts , including UNOSOM . " In each instance , Ogadeen ( Mohamed ...
Unlike northern Kenya , there are no large - scale commercial ranches or national parks and wildlife reserves to compromise pastoral movements and , as mentioned earlier , most large - scale irrigation projects in Somalia have been in ...
As noted earlier , this trade was seasonal : during the long dry season ( January to March ) few cattle were moved from the Lower Jubba to northeastern Kenya . The cross - border trade with Kenya involves medium- to high - quality ...
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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