South Asia

In Asia, we conduct research in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

These two countries offer quite different contexts in terms of the way community-oriented policing is approached. In Afghanistan, police reform has been a part of a larger reform agenda after years of war, where the international community has been a strong contributing actor. In Pakistan on the other hand, conflict has taken the form of military operations in the border regions and terrorist activities elsewhere as well, and there has been no concerted effort by the international community to drive police reform, aside from bilateral assistance.

The work package has given particular attention to exploring issues of trust between the police and the community, including police integrity; and to how ICT and other innovations might contribute to improving community trust in police, both in terms of access of vulnerable groups to services, and in preventing crime and radicalization, particularly of youth.