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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Recent reports and surveys of the area as well as my own interviews with livestock traders and herders indicate that the livestock herds of southern Somalia have not suffered nearly as much as elsewhere in the country ( Lohr 1995 ...
Those herders with more livestock were likely in the prewar period to have non - pastoral investments in towns and marketing relations with large - scale traders . The dismantling of rural - urban ties The towns of the border region ...
As one FEWS report highlights , ' there is a clear and positive correlation between livestock exports and food imports in Somalia ' ( FEWS 2000b : 1 ) . In this case , a reduction in cross - border trade adversely affects pastoral ...
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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