The Locust Effect
Beneath the surface of the world’s poorest communities, common violence — including rape, forced labour, 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 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are IJM gift catalogue purchases tax deductible?
All the gifts (cards) from the IJM gift catalogue are tax deductible in Australia. IJM Australia is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) and you will receive a tax receipt from us.
The physical gifts are not tax deductible and will appear in your payment summary.
What do I get when I buy from the catalogue?
For each card, you can choose between:
(a) a PDF to print at home. You will receive a download link via email within a few minutes; or,
(b) a printed card. We will mail you a card so that you can write in your friend or family member’s name, your name and any message that you would like to include. The card reflects the gift that you have chosen and includes a brief description of the recipient's impact; or,
(c) no card. Select this option if you do not require a card – you’ll still get a receipt.
Will I receive a card with one of the physical gifts?
When will I receive my order?
While exact delivery times will vary, we will process your gift and put your printed card(s) and/or physical gift in the mail within three working days. Aus Post is currently experiencing delays.
Sending to NSW:
- Metro - up to 3 business days
- Country - up to 5 business days
- Metro - up to 3-6 business days, depending on lodgement and destination points
Aus Post recommends ordering your Christmas gifts by the 13th of December to receive your items in time.
Your receipt should arrive in your email within a few minutes of the order being completed online.
Why should I buy a gift from the IJM catalogue?
The IJM gift catalogue allows you to give the gift of freedom. By making a donation on behalf of your friend or family member through a gift of freedom, not only will you be directly supporting the work of ending slavery – you’ll be sharing your passion for justice with those closest to you.
Proceeds support IJM's work as well as the restoration and livelihoods of survivors.
What do gifts of freedom fund? Where does my donation go?
Each item in the IJM gift catalogue is representative of the type of resources or initiatives that the value of the gift can fund. While the dollar value of each gift does correspond to the actual cost, the funds you provide will be directed to where the need is greatest. This untied funding gives IJM greater flexibility in strategically and effectively using donor funds, and is in line with best practice in international aid and development.