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The Locust Effect

Gary HaugenVictor Boutros

The Locust Effect

Gary HaugenVictor Boutros

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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.

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 violence ruins 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 the developing 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 the world'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 global poor in the 21st century.

- Publisher

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About "The Locust Effect"

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.

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 violence ruins 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 the developing 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 the world'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 global poor in the 21st century.

- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Gary Haugen

Gary A. Haugen (J.D. University of Chicago, cum laude,) is president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding IJM, he worked in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was director of the United Nations genocide investigation in Rwanda. He also served as the Visiting Scholar in Politics at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is the author of Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian and Good News About Injustice .

Victor Boutros

Victor Boutros is a federal prosecutor who investigates and tries nationally significant cases of police misconduct, hate crimes, and international human trafficking around the country on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is also a member of the Justice Department's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, which consolidates the expertise of some of nation's top human trafficking prosecutors and enhances the federal government's ability to identify and prosecute large human trafficking networks.

Table Of Contents

  • :i. The Deeper Waters Of Violencechapter One: The Desperate Drama Beneath The Surfacechapter Two: Five Nightmares That Destroy The Dreamii. If You're Not Safe, Nothing Else Matterschapter Three: The Poor Have No Protection And The Emperor Has No Clothes Chapter Four: No Medical Remedy For Violencechapter Five: Violence And The Dream Of Universal Human Rightschapter Six: Interesting But Not Helpfuliii. The Invisible Oxygen The Global Poor Don't Get To Breathechapter Seven: Impunity Not Povertychapter Eight: The Invisible Oxygen Of Law And Orderchapter Nine: Inside The Public Justice Pipelineiv. Why So Broken? Three Surprising Storieschapter Ten: The Absurdity That Makes Sensechapter Eleven: Private Substitutes For Public Justicechapter Twelve: You Get What You Pay Forchapter Thirteen: Threats To The Status Quov. Justice Is Possible For The Poor: The Problem That Simply Must-and Can-be Solvedchapter Fourteen: Hope And The Recovery Of A Lost Historychapter Fifteen: Lessons Of Hope From An Emerging Methodologychapter Sixteen: A Way Forward: What We All Need To Do Now

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Compelling read! This will change your view of world poverty and how Christians should respond
5 stars By David Groenenboom, Feb 04 2014
This ground breaking book exposes violence as a rarely seen dimension of global poverty. Despite the generous international aid, and wonderful work done through child sponsorship programs, the plight of the world's poor remains unchanged. 

These people live outside the protection of the law. Local police often perpetrate violence, and justice systems are broken and dysfunctional.

The Locust Effect shows us that ending the violence and transforming systems of justice is the greatest need for the poor of the developing world. All other efforts will only have limited value if we cannot stop the plague of violence.

There are important implications here for Christian aid organisations. We need to continue what we are doing to give aid and conduct responsible mission. At the same time, Christian aid and mission organisations need to partner with agencies like IJM to reform broken justice systems. These partnerships can do much to support the poor of the developing world.

The authors are deeply Christian men, and IJM does profound and valuable work defending and protecting the world's poor. The Christian worldview evidenced in IMJ's work harmonises wonderfully with a Christian and reformed heritage. There are many opportunities for collaboration with churches.

The book is published in an academic format (footnotes, etc) it remains exceptionally readable. Sometimes confronting, it changed my view of world poverty, and what we must do to address it.

Heartily recommended.
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  • Catalogue Code 400540
  • Product Code 9780199937875
  • ISBN 0199937877
  • EAN 9780199937875
  • Pages 384
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Jan 2014
  • Sales Rank #41691
  • Dimensions 234 x 155 x 30 mm
  • Weight 0.610kg

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