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The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence | [Gary A. Haugen, Victor Boutros]

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of 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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"The Locust Effect is 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." (President Bill Clinton)

"The Locust Effect provides a much-needed argument for reducing violence against the poor.... 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)

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    Shamarie BLACKWOOD, Australia 05-01-14
    Shamarie BLACKWOOD, Australia 05-01-14

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    I found this book challenging to listen to not because of the narrator or how it was written but because of the content. However, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is truly interested in understanding the roots of corruption, sexual slavery and all the other things that go on in so called developing countries..

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    Reachinghigh Novi, MI United States 01-23-15
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    "Well written, informative, transformative book"

    This book exceeded my expectations making the case for the relationship between violence and poverty particularly in the developing world. We have reason for alarm and for hope.

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    Benjamin Harack Regina, Saskatchewan Canada 01-08-15
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    "Thorough, clear, challenging, and timely."

    An absolute must-read for everyone interested in the end of poverty. Go read it now, and your understanding of the developing world will be significantly changed.

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    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 01-07-15
    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    This book changed how I view poverty, justice, and development priorities. The author puts forward a compelling case for the need for better criminal justice systems in developing countries. He explains the reasons that prevent it, and lists practical steps to overcome them. It is both a distressing and a hopeful message. From now on, when I am considering a charity to support, I will look into their efforts in this area.

    The narration was smooth, allowing the message to come out clearly.

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    This is an essential book for anyone involved in providing any aid or services to poor underdeveloped countries. It should also be read by people who involved in foreign aid, charity donations, and others assistance programs. It should also be read by folks who are hypercritical of U.S. law enforcement to help put their views in a wider context.

    Security and safety are such basic needs that we too often take for granted. Without meeting security and safety needs advances up Maslow's hierarchy of needs will not happen.

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    Kyle R Young Melbourne 01-08-15
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    "Challenging subject matter"

    This is a really confronting book at times, but yields amazing insights into the world we think we know and challenges your world view.

    I was particularly stunned at the reality of violence against women and the poor in Bangalore, India- given the view in the developing world that it is India's silicon valley and a modern day economic miracle, and through work have daily interaction and dealings with this part of the world- to say this book has adjusted my worldview is an understatement.

    While completely different in purpose, the magnitude of dissonance this inspired in my view of the world reminded me of "Man's search for meaning" by Viktor Frankl, in that you can't read this detailed summary of the effects of violence on the poor across the world and come away the same thinker as you were before- and what more could you ask for from a good non fiction book?

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