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Sentinel Villages Study

Longitudinal study to monitor village governance in 5 selected districts since the implementation of Village Law in 2015. Two rounds of surveys conducted in 112 villages complemented with qualitative studies in 10 villages. A field observer stays in each district to provide real-time updates of challenges in implementing the Village Law at district and village levels.


Feature Stories

    Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018

    Half-hearted Delegation of Authority from District to Subdistrict in Merangin

    Merangin. Merangin District Government has issued District Head Regulation (Perbup) No. 18/2016 on Delegation of Parts of Authority of District Head to Subdistrict Head, which replaces District Head Regulation No. 29/2012, to include evaluation of Village…

    Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    Transformation of Deling Credit Body (BKD) into BUMDes

    That Tuesday evening, November 8 2016, 22 people gathered at the Deling Village assembly hall, at Banyumas District, Central Java, for a deliberative meeting (musyawarah) at village level to discuss the handover of the Village Credit Body (Badan Kredit Desa, BKD) assets. The…

Knowledge Sharing


    Improving the Village Cash for Work (PKT) Policy

    The policy of cash for work (Padat Karya Tunai or PKT) in the village which began in 2018 to tackle poverty, unemployment and malnutrition in the villages raises several problems. This relates to some of the provisions in the PKT technical guidelines (i) causing budget inefficiencies, (ii) the risk of reducing the quality of work results, and (iii) not being equipped with clear reference criteria to establish PKT goals.

    Study on the Implementation of Law No. 6/2014 on Villages

    The baseline study is part of the three-year longitudinal study which monitor how the village government applies good governance principles (transparency, participation and accountability) in the early years of Village Law implementation.

    Participation, Transparency and Accountability in Village Law Implementation: Sentinel Villages Study Baseline Findings

    The study observes the first two years of Village Law implementation to assess villagers' participation, the transparency and accountability of village governments, and the influence of good governance principles on village decision-making processes for development investments.

    Promoting Community-Based Village Supervision

    The disclosure of various cases of budget lapses in some areas shows that supervisory practices have been weak. This policy note recommends a village monitoring model by the community that adopts four principles of social accountability: relevance, publicity, refutation, and enforcement, from the planning stage to the evaluation of village governance.

    Debottlenecking Distribution and Disbursement of the Village Fund

    The distribution of Village Fund (VF) has entered its third year in 2017, yet delays in distribution and disbursement continue to occur and could potentially undermine the quality of VF spending. The challenge is how to develop a simple mechanism that accommodates village capacity, while upholding the principle of accountability.