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The Planning and Budgeting Process in the Village

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 Presenter: Palmira Bachtiar

In accordance to the Village Law 6/2014, planning and budgeting are essential phases of the village development cycle. The Law specifically requires villages to make a mid-term development plan (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Desa, RPJMDes) that aligns with the district’s development plan (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Daerah, RPJMD), and involve community members in the process of drafting these planning and budgeting documents. The RPJMDes is meant to be the framework for villages to do their annual budget and development plan.

Meanwhile, field findings indicate that instead of being the guiding reference for village development, the RPJMDes is merely a “shopping list” of projects the community suggest during planning meetings. Additionally, some RPJMDes have been changed on a yearly basis to accommodate the central government’s changing priorities for Dana Desa (DD) spending and the village government’s workplan (Rencana Kerja Pemerintah Desa, RKPDes).

As the Village Law enters its fourth year, the Sentinel Village team seeks to examine 1) changes in village planning and budgeting processes compared to its baseline in 2015; 2) the relevancy of the RPJMDes and RKPDes to the quality of village development; and 3) required changes to optimize and improve Village Law implementation.

Field data gathered throughout the Sentinel Village study is used as a basis for analysis and discussion.

Findings from the observation were presented through a Village Law PASA Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) series about "The Planning and Budgeting Process in the Village."