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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While Garissa District , Kenya did not confront similar levels of violence and famine , drought was widespread and rainfall amounts there were only 50 to 61 percent of normal levels in 1991–2 ( Kenya 1993a : 7 ; 1993b : 19 ) .
sometimes called Somaliland and Puntland ( formerly northeastern Somalia ) , production and annual exports of small ruminants from the ports of Berbera and Bossaso actually exceeded pre - war levels and showed no signs of slowing down ...
If we use Lewis's ( 1955 , 1961 ) clan schema , it is possible to place some descriptors on different levels of clan ... It encompasses and unites at a high level of aggregation the three main clan groups in the study region .
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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