VIDEO: Global aid needs to address violence against the poor

Gary Haugen (far right), president, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission, speaking about his new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, with Tom Hart (left), U.S. executive director of the ONE Campaign, and AEI scholar Nicholas Eberstadt (middle), at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., May 28, 2014. Photo credit: The Christian Post/ Sonny Hong

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To address global poverty, aid groups must recognize that a key cause of poverty is a justice system that fails to protect its most vulnerable citizens against violence, Gary Haugen, president, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission, argues in his new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.

When talking about global poverty, most are familiar with problems like hunger, disease or poor sanitation, but are less familar with the consequences of a poor criminal justice system that exposes the poor to violence, Haugen told an American Enterprise Institute audience Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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The event, sponsored by AEI’s Values & Capitalism Project, included responses from Tom Hart, U.S. executive director of the ONE Campaign, and Nicholas Eberstadt, an AEI scholar who specializes in economic development, poverty, foreign aid and global health.

Rather than the headline-grabbing catastrophic events, like genocide or war, the book spotlights the “everyday violence” that “decimates the poor,” Haugen explained.

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