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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Besteman ( 1991 ) , who has done the most thorough research among Oromo populations in the Jubba Valley , describes how this happened : ' The Darood [ Somali ] insurgency was so strong that most of the surviving Orma fled beyond the ...
While a wasteful and destructive means of doing so , these expensive projects did little for the local population until the war destroyed them and reopened them for grazing . The Somali state's role in livestock marketing also was ...
Nutritional data also serve as indicators of food security , especially for desperate populations . ... After 1993 the nutritional status of most population groups improved throughout the country , except in local pockets of conflict .
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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