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 Ogadeen , especially its Mohamed Zubeyr sub - clan but also including the Aulihan and Abdwak , are the majority group and greatly outnumber the Harti in the region ( see Fig . 3.1 ) . Because of their large size and genealogical ...
By contrast , when the long rains arrive herders quickly leave dry season pastures , especially those in the Jubba Valley , because of tsetse fly infestation . In short , nature helps to insure some regularity of seasonal grazing ...
Dealing with crisis a As a social category , in Africa and elsewhere , traders are especially exposed when national economic and political indicators decline ( Clark 1988 ; Ring 1989 ) . This is particularly the case for so - called ...
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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