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The Locust Effect

Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

By Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros
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The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence by Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros

The Locust Effect (2014) argues that foreign aid is only useful to developing countries if their impoverished citizens have protection from violence and crime. Without this, aid money is wasted because neither individuals nor businesses are safe to grow. Financial donations should aim to strengthen national criminal justice systems, so countries can serve themselves in the long run.

  • Students of political science, international relations and foreign policy
  • Donors and sponsors looking to help the developing world
  • Anyone interested in global development

Gary A. Haugen is a lawyer and the CEO of International Justice Mission, an NGO that supports local authorities in protecting the poor against crime. Victor Boutros is a US Department of Justice prosecutor who investigates human trafficking and hate crimes. Haugen and Boutros also co-authored And Justice for All: Enforcing Human Rights for the World’s Poor.

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