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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In terms of rural - to - urban marketing , those herders who supplied milk on a regular basis usually resided within a 50 - km radius of a large town . They maintained camels in their herd , because they are more reliable milk producers ...
One of the traders owns a small retail store in the Somali town . Yusuf and Ahmed indicated their good fortune of being able to sell all their animals , because in a week or two it will be difficult to do so . By then the market will be ...
Based on available census figures , the population of Garissa town and its suburbs is about 43,000 ( 1996 ) ( Kenya 1996 : 18 ) . This means that the per capita value of cattle trade in the Garissa area was about $ 275 in 1997 , which ...
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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