The hidden plague of everyday violence is undermining efforts to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide.
It’s true. But I never knew it until I read The Locust Effect.
Released today, The Locust Effect offers a gripping description of the common violence that devastates the world’s best efforts to end global poverty. Authors Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros bring decades of experience defending the poor to write this non-fiction volume. Their game-changing book will fundamentally change the conversation on global poverty.
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What is the Locust Effect?
Like the destruction wrought by a plague of locusts, everyday violence lays waste the development efforts introduced to help the poor. Lawless chaos robs impoverished families of the ability to use the new schools, new medical clinics, and new water wells. Access to these resources is essentially denied when violent perpetrators roam unhindered to rape, beat, and rob vulnerable members of the community.
In a recent op-ed article in the Washington Post, Gary Haugen wrote:
In the midst of great and worthy efforts to help the global poor build better lives, donors and development institutions have paid little attention to the painstaking work required to ensure the things that are indispensable to stopping violence: professional and accountable police; and functioning prosecutors, courts and child welfare agencies. (Haugen, Wash Post, 27 January 2014)
Haugen and Boutros aptly title their book after the all-consuming locust horde. The insect analogy vividly represents the vast crisis of common violence against the poor. A UN Report stated that 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law!! They face sexual violence, forced labor, property grabbing, and abusive and arbitrary detention.
The Locust Effect seeks to raise the issue of criminal justice systems onto the table of every conversation on global poverty. Alongside discussions of health, education, food and housing, the agenda must include justice issues. Unchecked lawlessness undermines all acts of care we give to the poor. Let’s work together!
Who should read The Locust Effect?
The Locust Effect is an excellent book for all who have a heart and a passion for ending global poverty. The authors do an excellent job weaving in true stories of crises to highlight the reality of their points. They put a face on the statistics. But the stats also add value by quantifying the depth and breath of the need.
Scholars and researchers will find an incredibly well-researched volume in The Locust Effect. The comprehensive endnotes encompass international reports (World Bank, United Nations, Oxfam, etc), academic journals, congressional documents, books, and so much more. Every non-profit, NGO and mission director working to end poverty should have this resource on their bookshelf.
Why Invest Time to Read The Locust Effect?
1 – The Locust Effect gives a common language for discussion on everyday violence. The book sorts through this enormous issue and presents manageable chunks for discussion, study, and resolution.
2 – The Locust Effect highlights and catalogs the players, organizations and researchers who are studying, working on, and impacting the lives of people who are wounded by violence.
3 – The Locust Effect authors are genuine and are the real-thing! They passionately believe and hold firm to the message of the book. All royalties (not just some… but ALL royalties) from sales of The Locust Effect go to help fight violence against the poor.
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