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Uncertain Fate of Kalikromo’s Midterm Village Development Plan (RPJMDes)

Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 Author: Ridwan Muzir

Hamlet meeting on the 2017-2022 Kalikromo RPJMDes at BL Hamlet in Wonogiri District on January 14, 2017 (Photo by: Ridwan Muzir)
Hamlet meeting on the 2017-2022 Kalikromo RPJMDes at BL Hamlet in Wonogiri District on January 14, 2017 (Photo: Ridwan Muzir)

Wonogiri. The Head of Kalikromo Village in Wonogiri District has been on the job since December 31, 2016, but the 2017-2022 Kalikromo Village Midterm Development Plan (RPJMDes) still has not been finalized. This violates the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Regulation No. 114/2014, which mandates villages to complete the RPJMDes three months at the latest after the village head inauguration.

 Sulino, the elected Kalikromo Village Head, said his government has been focusing on village governance and village development activities to implement the 2017 Village Government Workplan (Rencana Kerja Pemerintah Desa, RKPDes) finalized by his predecessor.

“The village apparatus and myself are occupied with village development administration, such as disbursement proposals for village fund (Dana Desa) and village fund allocation (Alokasi Dana Desa), as well as implementation of development activities and its reporting. We are forced to put aside the RPJMDes drafting,” Sulino said, adding that village infrastructure development has been the most time consuming.

This does not mean that there has been no attempt to draft the RPJMDes. The village has brainstormed for ideas through a series of hamlet meetings (musyawarah dusun, musdus), where Sulino asked every hamlet to create a team to formulate ideas for RPJMDes. These ideas would be recapitulated at the village level and enclosed in the document.

Moreover, the village also conducted social mapping through focus group discussion (FGD) in April 2017 to gain more ideas. This discussion was facilitated by Agus Saloko, village facilitator of Eromoko Subdistrict. He said the FGD was an initiative of the village head to help villagers to understand participatory planning.

“As village facilitator, I work to facilitate the village head’s aspiration by using FGD to map village potentials. The goal is for villagers to fully understand their potentials and challenges around them, which will be useful for development planning,” he said.

Village potentials mapping as part of the 2017-2022 Kalikromo RPJMDes drafting process, in Eromoko Subdistrict, Wonogiri District on April 13, 2017 (Photo by: Ridwan Muzir).
Village potentials mapping as part of the 2017-2022 Kalikromo RPJMDes drafting process, in Eromoko Subdistrict, Wonogiri District on April 13, 2017 (Photo by: Ridwan Muzir).

 

The results of those two activities will become the basis for RPJMDes Draft, before being discussed in the village meeting and finalized as Kalikromo Village Regulation on RPJMDes 2017-2022.

However, the lack of skilled human resources is still an issue. Of 13 village apparatus, only the village head and acting village secretary can operate computer. As the result, they could only draft the RPJMDes in between their daily work routines. The village treasurer has computer skill, but he could not assist the process as he was occupied with Village Fund disbursement and accountability processes.

Sulino said the most time consuming part was allocating proposed activities per year. The proposed activities still heavily focus on infrastructure, which will be completed by 2020. He still has to determine the activities for 2021-2022 and non-physical activities to optimize village potential, such as community empowerment.

“My mind is reeling to think about other activities that can be funded in 2021 and beyond. The hamlets have no more activity proposals, and ideas on community empowerment is very few,” he explained.

Regardless of all challenges, he aims to complete the RPJMDes in the near future. “Yes, we will finalize it soon. In one or two months,” he said.

 

Note: The names of villages and hamlets have been altered to maintain confidentiality.