Sustainable Infrastructure in Conflict Zones: Police Facilities' Impact on Perception of Safety in Afghan Communities

Academic Article


  • The notion of sustainable infrastructure for the delivery of social services is to fulfill basic human needs; in war-torn societies, human safety is a critical basic need. The relationship between sustainable infrastructure development and human safety remains underresearched in Afghan neighborhoods. Therefore, this study examined the effectiveness of the police facilities constructed for stability enhancement in Afghan communities. To do so, this study used Afghans’ polling datasets on the police presence and the public safety perceptions, including newly collected survey data related to the influence of the police facilities on human safety and other factors contributing to the neighborhoods’ well-being. The datasets are organized with a multilevel structure in which different individuals are sampled within neighborhoods and analyzed using a multilevel model approach to capture the randomness of the responses. The results showed that police facilities are more important to perceptions of safety in less safe areas and that Afghans in villages perceived themselves as safer than in urban areas, relative to their own immediate region. Those perceiving themselves as being safer were older, more highly educated, and widowed respondents. Overall, Afghans perceived the police facilities as institutional symbol for promoting improvements and opportunities for fulfilling basic human safety needs.
  • Authors

  • Affleck, Rosa T
  • Gardner, Kevin
  • Aytur, Semra
  • Carlson, Cynthia
  • Grimm, Curt
  • Deeb, Elias
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • April 1, 2019
  • Published In

  • Sustainability  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Afghanistan
  • infrastructure development
  • perceived safety
  • police confidence
  • resilience
  • stability
  • sustainability
  • trust
  • war-torn environment
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 2113
  • End Page

  • 2113
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 7