The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

Paperback | March 17, 2015

byGary A. Haugen, Victor Boutros

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A Washington Post bestsellerWhile the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. It is a plague of everyday violence.Beneath the surface of the world's poorest communities, common violence -- like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality -- has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violenceruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development. How has this plague of violence grown so ferocious? The answer is terrifying, and startlingly simple: There's nothing shielding the poor from violent people. In one of the most remarkable - and unremarked upon - social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systems in thedeveloping world have descended into a state of utter collapse. Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here - and what it will take to end the plague. Filled with vivid real-life stories and startling new data, The Locust Effect is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of theworld's poorest, where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much of our well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence.While their call to action is urgent, Haugen and Boutros provide hope, a real solution and an ambitious way forward. The Locust Effect is a wake-up call: Its massive implications will forever change the way we understand global poverty - and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the globalpoor in the 21st century.

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A Washington Post bestsellerWhile the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. It is a plague of everyday violence.Beneath the surface of the world's poorest communities, common violence -- like rape, forced labor, illegal de...

Gary A. Haugen is founder and president of International Justice Mission, a global human rights agency that protects the poor from violence. The largest organization of its kind, IJM has partnered with law enforcement to rescue thousands of victims of violence. Haugen was Director of the U.N. investigation in the aftermath of the Rwand...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. What Are We Missing?2. The Hidden Crisis at History's Inflection Point3. When the Locusts Lay Waste4. "No One's Driven That Truck in Decades"5. The Emperor Has No Clothes - At All6. A Dream Devastated7. Colonial Legacy and a Failure that Makes Sense8. Private Justice and Public Lawlessness9. You Get What You Pay For10. It's Been Done Before11. Demonstration Projects of HopeConclusionAppendix

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"The Locust Effect is a wake-up call to everyone who cares about global poverty. As International Justice Mission's Gary Haugen and co-author Victor Boutros report, with painstaking data and breathtaking cases from the field, unchecked violent crime against the poorest, especially girls andwomen, isn't just a human rights problem. It is a drag on development that no amount of foreign aid can fix if functioning public justice systems aren't part of the solution." --Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Google Giving