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 economic arena , boundary issues are even more complicated because borders between official and unofficial ... although it ' officially ' exports bananas and livestock products and had ( has ) foreign investment and trade with ...
There are no government laws or regulations to determine the differences between official and unofficial , nor are there official requirements for currency transactions . Other African countries , such as Sierra Leone and Liberia ...
Some Kenyan officials with whom I spoke did not think cattle were contraband commodities , nor the trade illegal when in fact ... Thus , what represents legal or illegal ( official and unofficial ) trade is negotiable and contingent .
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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