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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Herders purchase medicines to help mitigate animal disease risks and to graze infected areas , like the Jubba Valley ... It is the reliance on these purchased inputs that further motivates Somali herders to pursue commercial livestock ...
The purchase of animals for breeding and herd reconstitution represents the largest cash expenditure for herders . Research on African livestock markets frequently overlooks the fact that herders use them both to sell and , importantly ...
The table assumes that there are two traders involved in the market chain ; one based in Garissa who buys from a Somalia - based middleman , and based in Nairobi who purchases from the Garissa trader . The estimates one % net return per ...
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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