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The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence Hardcover – February 4, 2014

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199937877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199937875
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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the most powerful book Ive read in years Gillan Scott, God & Politics in the UK A compelling reminder that if we are to create a 21st Century of shared prosperity, we cannot turn a blind eye to the violence that threatens our common humanity. Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President By reminding us that basic legal protections are not a privilege, but a universal right, Gary Haugen has issued a moral call to arms that informs the brain and touches the heart. Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State The Locust Effect is an appeal to the global community to engage much more into multi-stakeholder action to combat violence, crime, and abuse. This is the only way to secure a human future for mankind. Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum A wake-up call to everyone who cares about global poverty. Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Google Giving This extraordinary book offers surprising and valuable insights about the nature and the drivers of the plague of violence that haunts the global poor. A must-read. Moises Naim, author of The End of Power and former editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy I'd gladly recommend The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. Ayesha Ahmad, Times HIgher Education A must-read for anyone interested in development, security, and the failure of billions of people to achieve their potential. Anne-Marie Slaughter, President, New America Foundation, and Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University In a world of simplistic and knee-jerk responses to the world's problems, Gary Haugen arrives with insight, wisdom, and realism. The Locust Effect is a game-changer. This is a book that is as smart as it is heartfelt, as grounded as it is creative. Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery, University of Hull, and Co-Founder, Free the Slaves An insightful, incisive analysis of violence as it impacts every level of the plight of the poor. A compelling wake-up call for all who care about justice and human rights. It tells the truth and gives tools and guidelines that demand attention. Tim Costello, Chief Executive, World Vision Australia This is a book worth reading by anyone involved in the fight for global economic justice and human rights. Methodist Recorder

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It will change your view of what is most needed in the world to end poverty.
This book should be required reading for all those within the justice system, law enforcement and politicians.
James Martinson
If there's one book to read to do just that, I think "The Locust Effect" is it.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J&B Lea on January 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A plague of locusts can lay waste to anything and everything in its wake. "The Locust Effect" makes the compelling case that violence (common, everyday person-on-person violence) is laying waste to anything and everything for the poor in the developing world. Our efforts to feed the poor, educate the illiterate, uplift and empower girls and women, combat cultural prejudices, stimulate bruised economies, provide shelter for the homeless cannot and will not succeed unless we change the conversation and start to consider how deeply violence affects the very people we hope to help.

We would do well not to simply assume we know what the poor need. When asked, what the poor want most is not education, food, shelter or opportunity - they want to live in safety, without fear that the little they have and those they love could be decimated by evil-doers acting with impunity. They want justice: justice which HAS to come from public justice systems.

The thesis of the book is simple: the end of poverty requires the end of violence; and to end violence, countries need functioning public justice systems.

Haugen and Boutros carefully, academically, painstakingly and passionately argue that violence against the poor is both the biggest issue which the poor are facing, and also the single issue which the world at large has yet to address for human rights. They are clear in their probing as to how criminal justice systems got to be so bad, sober in their assessment of the task ahead, 100% convincing that this is the issue we HAVE to face head on if we are to seek justice for the billions of suffering people in our world.

The Locust Effect is not light reading. It doesn't have a silver bullet solution.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoover on January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"The Locust Effect" articulates the missing link in the international vision to eradicate extreme global poverty. The missing link: effectively reducing the lawless violence that the poor face daily. It rips apart the lives of the impoverished and lays waste to all other anti-poverty efforts. Authors Gary Haugen and VIctor Boutros bring decades of first-hand experience walking alongside vulnerable peoples to this groundbreaking book on justice. They have repeatedly witnessed the gut-wrenching failures of law enforcement and courtrooms to protect and to represent our neediest global citizens.

"The Locust Effect" meets its goal to build a rigorous case that the elimination of everyday violence is now the most critical factor in the battle against poverty. The book effectively demonstrates how such common violence robs impoverished families of the ability to use the new schools, new medical clinics, and the 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.

Stories of real people in real crises open the book. We learn their names and their situations. Their brave willingness to share their stories allows the authors to put faces on the atrocities the poor face daily. Their stories re-surface throughout the book, along with new victims and new heroes in the fight against violence. But "The Locust Effect" is also full of hard facts.

Statistics and studies fill the middle chapters. Like stats? You will overdose here! Don't like stats: skim the middle chapters but pause to absorb the stories and summaries.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Parrish on February 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Imagine what life would be like if you woke up every single day afraid to go to school or afraid to walk to your local grocery store. Afraid to share your story with local authorities because you knew your voice would not be heard.

Imagine what life would be like if you had NOTHING shielding you from violence.

“While 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.”

Everyday thousands of people around the world work for humanitarian organizations invested in helping those in need, ending poverty and spreading awareness for Universal Human Rights. Many of these organizations solely focus on water aid, food aid, disease prevention, shelter, and education; unintentionally avoiding the underlying CORE issue(VIOLENCE) that strongly dictates the overall impact or efforts of their work in ending poverty.

There are many devastating things happening all over the world at any given time, but this book genuinely emphasizes how important everyday basic safety truly is in order to lead any sort of a productive life.

For example, we may be able to build a school in the developing world to give the opportunity for a substantial education, but of what use is this school if young girls are traumatized and afraid to walk there every morning due to the fear of rape or abduction? They inevitably do not receive a formal education, nor do they receive necessary assistance or protection from local law enforcement in order for them to flourish and make steady progress.

The core argument of The Locust Effect is that the direct solution to violence against the poor is law enforcement.
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