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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These tensions result in market segmentation and strong price and supply distortions in the region . For example , retail prices for such locally produced foods as maize , sorghum , and milk , are as much as two - to - three times ...
Of the four market channels discussed above , only the crossborder trade escaped large - scale devastation . In fact , it has grown considerably as a result of the conflict in Somalia . The regional domestic market in the Lower Jubba ...
As a result of the decline in the export trade and in regional and national trade in Somalia , the crossborder exchange in camels has virtually ceased and camel prices have declined relative to cattle prices . a The cross - border boom ...
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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