Publication > Policy and Working Paper

Village Law: Putting Communities at the Center of Village Law Implementation

Author: Paulus Enggal
Published: 22/11/2019

This note draws on a longitudinal study (Sentinel Villages) that investigated the patterns of participation, transparency and accountability under Village Law between 2015 and 2018. The findings from this research indicate that, since the introduction of Village Law, levels of community participation in village meetings (musdes), while relatively stable, continue to be low at around 16%. Participation patterns are also not broad-based and inclusive, with participation mostly from the elites (male, well off and socially engaged), and limited participation from women or other marginalized groups. Since 2014, village governments have improved on key metrics of transparency, disclosing and sharing more information. However, there was an overall low level of awareness at the village level on village programs, budgets, and plans.  Under Village Law, systems of upward accountability and reporting have been strengthened. This has not been matched with similar progress on systems of downward (social) accountability to the community. Strengthening participation, transparency and accountability, necessitates each actor to play its role effectively, and particularly realising the full potential and role of the village community, facilitators, and the Village Council (Badan Permusyawarahan Desa or BPD).

Policy Brief - Village Law-Putting .pdf
Download

Related Publication

Publication > Policy and Working Paper
Technical Guideline on Adminduk Thematic University Community Service Program

This guideline contains practical steps for university, local government, the community and the private sector to collaborate maximize the results of University Community Service P...

Publication > Policy and Working Paper
A Collaboration Between Higher Education Institutions and Villages in Development: New Approach in Acceleration of Village Development

Since 2016, KOMPAK has supported the Universitas Membangun Desa/UMD (University Supporting Village Development) initiative by piloting the optimisation of regular KKN, also known a...

Publication > Policy and Working Paper
Guidebook for Facilitation of Village Government Work Plans Formulation in Lombok Timur District

This guideline contains practical steps in preparing the Village Government Work Plan in a procedural, participatory, inclusive and oriented manner towards poverty alleviation and...

COVID-19

Response