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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A note on data and methods The materials presented in this book derive from several different sources and stints of field research dating back to 1987. Most information was collected over a 15 - month period during 1987 and 1988 ...
Based on their need for water , cattle normally can graze no more than about 30 km from a water source . ... In dry months , however , local pastoralists rely on water from different sources and often are required to pay for it .
The combined incomes from different sources allow Somali migrants to remit relatively sizable revenues by African wage standards . With the attainment of political refugee status , some migrants have ended up in countries where even ...
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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