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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sometimes called Somaliland and Puntland ( formerly northeastern Somalia ) , production and annual exports of small ... More important for the border region in recent years has been the ' unofficial ' export of cattle to Kenya , which ...
In volume alone , the expansion of the Saudi market was a dramatic departure from the past , with cattle exports from ... the volume of goat and sheep exports to that country , but the export of Somali cattle was hurt by other actions .
The disintegration of the export trade and the subsequent collapse of the Somalia state especially exposed outside export traders and their agents . Prior to the 1990s a number of export traders had diversified into urban real ...
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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