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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In the same report it is noted that Somali pastoralists are ' generally healthier than other groups because they are more adaptable , have ready sources of milk and meat ( except during periods of drought ) , and usually take water from ...
As noted Somali expert Ken Menkhaus explains , it has made few inroads in the local political structures of Somalia and the group as a whole is in no way a subsidiary of al - Qaida ' ( Menkahus , cited in England 2002 : 2 ) .
As noted above , the record of district councils has been mixed in Somalia . In some respects the formation of district councils reinforces negative processes : ethnic territorialism and border conflicts between certain sub - clans ...
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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