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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The best area for camel and goat production is in the coastal zone of Kismayo District and north of the Jira plains near the border ( see Fig . 4.1 ) . Because camels and goats are browsers rather than grazers , they do not directly ...
Had mobility and access to grazing been severely constrained and livestock production jeopardized by war , southern Somalia would not have become the major supplier of livestock for Kenyan markets that it has ( see Chapter 5 ) .
Unpublished statistics , Livestock Production Department , Garissa District . Garissa , Kenya : MOALD Mishra , Satish C. 1993 Finance , Banking and Economic Regeneration in Somalia . Nairobi , Kenya : USAID Mubarak , Jamil A. 1996 From ...
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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