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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As will be discussed later in this chapter , this trade has captured the bulk of cattle exports with the collapse of the government and overseas trade . The fourth market , the overseas export trade , was very different from the other ...
largest net returns for traders took place in the overseas export trade , followed closely by the Kenya trade . Net incomes of traders in the overseas and Kenyan trade were 18 and 17.5 percent of the final sales price , respectively ...
The agent position is a direct result of the growth in the export trade , first the overseas and later the cross - border trade . It reflects a degree of organization and specialization not witnessed previously in the area .
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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