Far below the headlines, a plague of hidden, everyday violence
like rape, trafficking, and police brutality — is devastating the
developing world and undermining our efforts to end poverty.


Imagine what life would be like if you woke up every day with nothing shielding you from violence.

The Locust Effect

By Gary Haugen & Victor Boutros

The Locust Effect will take you on a gripping journey that will forever change the way you see poverty and leave you with hope that we can help make the poor safe enough to thrive.

All author royalties from your purchase of this book will help fight violence against the poor.

Now available in paperback.

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"…a wake-up call to everyone who cares about global poverty."

Jacquelline Fuller

Director, Google Giving

"…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

"…this is the only way to secure a human future for mankind."

Klaus Schwab

Founder & Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

"...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

"…a compelling reminder that…we cannot turn a blind eye to the violence that threatens our common humanity."

Bill Clinton

Former U.S. President

"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..."

Kevin Bales

Co-Founder, Free the Slaves

Everyday Violence at School

Violence undermines opportunities to thrive. According to the World Health Organization, for many poor girls, school is the most common place for sexual violence. Learn more about the issue of everyday violence.