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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Despite these cases of higher costs , increases in transport rates are not as large as would be expected under current conditions in ... where I have data both for 1996 and 1998 , transport rates increased by an average of 35 percent .
Since there is no production cost data to utilize , the best means of calculating the extent to which herders have - or have not - captured the benefits of increased cross - border trade is to look at their price shares in the different ...
Certain merchants , however , feel that business is not so favorable and profits have plummeted because of the increased competition associated with cross - border trade and the flood of Somali cattle . One bemoans the fact that ...
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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