Post-disaster reconstruction: a statistical overview of the barriers for community participation in Afghanistan

Sadiqi, Zabihullah, Coffey, Vaughan, & Trigunarsyah, Bambang (2015) Post-disaster reconstruction: a statistical overview of the barriers for community participation in Afghanistan. In The Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction (8-10 July 2013), Queensland Univeristy of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 57-61.

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When a community already torn by an event such as a prolonged war, is then hit by a natural disaster, the negative impact of this subsequent disaster in the longer term can be extremely devastating. Natural disasters further damage already destabilised and demoralised communities, making it much harder for them to be resilient and recover. Communities often face enormous challenges during the immediate recovery and the subsequent long term reconstruction periods, mainly due to the lack of a viable community involvement process. In post-war settings, affected communities, including those internally displaced, are often conceived as being completely disabled and are hardly ever consulted when reconstruction projects are being instigated. This lack of community involvement often leads to poor project planning, decreased community support, and an unsustainable completed project. The impact of war, coupled with the tensions created by the uninhabitable and poor housing provision, often hinders the affected residents from integrating permanently into their home communities. This paper outlines a number of fundamental factors that act as barriers to community participation related to natural disasters in post-war settings. The paper is based on a statistical analysis of, and findings from, a questionnaire survey administered in early 2012 in Afghanistan.

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ID Code: 61770
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Post-disaster Reconstruction, Post-war Afghanistan, Barriers for Community Participation, CEDM
ISBN: 9781921897733
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2013 23:15
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2015 13:24

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