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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Most information was collected over a 15 - month period during 1987 and 1988 , and during the summers of 1996 , 1998 , and 2001. In 1987–8 data on marketing were gathered from seasonal surveys of herder households in Afmadow and Kismayo ...
A comparison of price data from different time periods helps to evaluate the magnitude of changes during the 1990s . ... The period covered was January 1987 to February 1988 , although data were not available for each market every month ...
If one compares the period from 1995 to 1999 with the last few years ( 1986 to 1990 ) of the Siad Barre regime ... In the pre - 1991 period , monetary policy was hampered by excessive printing of the currency to pay for military ...
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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