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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Abdullahi acknowledges that because of past conflicts in the Bay region cattle supply can be erratic . ... the area and occasionally advances cash to them , in order to insure favorable prices and supplies of good - quality cattle .
In terms of veterinary inputs , earlier chapters ( 2 and 3 ) showed how herders used to rely on Kismayo town for supplies but because of its continued violence they currently purchase them else- where . The credit problems , in turn ...
Paper money was printed in great supply in the last few years of the Barre regime . Without a corrupt central government in the 1990s , there was little political tampering with the monetary system and pilfering of national accounts ...
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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
Introduction to a stateless economy
A land of livestock
The destruction of ruralurban relations
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