If We Want to Overcome Extreme Poverty, We Must Change This

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If We Want to Overcome Extreme Poverty, We Must Change This If We Want to Overcome Extreme Poverty, We Must Change This
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If We Want to Overcome Extreme Poverty, We Must Change This

by Gary Haugen

February 11, 2014

The urgent truth is this: It will be impossible for the poorest to thrive if we do not eradicate the plague of everyday violence that blocks the road out of poverty and undermines the world’s efforts to help the poor thrive. 

Fortunately, there is a sustainable way to protect the poor from the onslaught of everyday violence, and it is the solution most of us in developed countries depend upon every day: functioning, effective justice systems, including law enforcement. It’s exactly what that UN study found that four billion people don’t get today. 

But when the world came together to create the UN's Millennium Development Goals – the global blueprint guiding the fight against poverty – violence against the poor and the development of the functioning justice systems were not even mentioned. You can join your voice with the growing movement calling for the inclusion of the issue of violence on the 2015 update to the goals now being drafted. My organization has launched a petition to General Ban Ki Moon, urging him to make this a priority. Adding your name is a crucial first step to help end the plague of violence. Let’s not let this urgent reality fade into the background again.

Buy The Locust Effect February 2-8 and for every copy sold in the U.S. (both physical books & e-books), a generous donor will give $20 to IJM*. (*up to $80,000 - enough to cover the cost of 17 rescue operations.)

All author royalties from your purchase of this book will go to International Justice Mission to help fight violence against the poor. Learn more about IJM’s work.

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