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The Roles of Supra-Village Government in Village Law Implementation

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 Presenter: Ruhmaniyati

The Village Law 6/2014 acknowledges the authority and autonomy of villages in planning and executing their own development, while at the same time strengthens decentralized development. With decentralization, village governments are influenced by policies at the supra-village level (i.e. the kabupaten and kecamatan).  The Sentinel Villages team seeks to examine changes in village development processes due to supra-village policies after four years of Village Law implementation by conducting a thematic study that particularly assesses the interplay between supra-village governments with village governments and identify best practices in the field in terms of participation, transparency, and accountability.

Key findings suggest that: 1) The capacity of village governments to implement the Village Law has improved, especially on reporting, 2) The roles of supra-village governments are in issuing technical regulations, providing budget allocation to support villages, and conducting trainings for villages, 3) The most prominent role of supra-village governments is in accountability: upward, instead of downward accountability, 4) Transparency for most districts means posting the APBDes (village budget) in public spaces, and 5) All Perbups (district regulations) on planning have mandated that villagers should participate in village planning processes, but oversight of its implementation is still limited.

These findings are discussed further in a knowledge sharing discussion on "The Roles of Supra-Village Government in Village Law Implementation"