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Promoting accountability of Village Law implementation through an ICT-based forum and feedback loop mechanism

PATTIRO - Center for Regional Information and Studies

Start date
October 2015
End date
February 2017
Period: 17 months

Issue

With the introduction of Indonesia’s new Village Law, village-level authorities in the country now have a legal requirement to manage their activities and processes in a transparent, participatory and accountable way.

The 2014 Law focuses on strengthening democracy at the village level. However, conflicting interpretations of the law have made implementation problematic.

Project

Through studying seven villages in three districts, PATTIRO will examine the underlying issues affecting the implementation of village policies in in five strategic areas - village governance, village-owned enterprises, village finances and assets, active citizenship, and indigenous villages.

The team hope to identify innovative ideas in implementing village policy and to highlight the key actors involved. They will also look at the factors that make these good practices sustainable. Using an online ‘living forum’, this research project aims to generate contextual recommendations on ways to improve Village Law implementation, and to publicly share key stakeholders’ perceptions, knowledge, and experiences of it.

Partner

PATTIRO is a leading organisation for research, policy advocacy, technical assistance and model development for public service and community participation. PATTIRO’s focus is on three strategic components of local governance: social accountability, transparency, and public finance management reform.

Learning

In December 2016, Pattiro held a workshop with representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Villages, so that they could feed the findings of their research into a draft policy on information standards for ensuring openess in village government.

Further events are planned in early 2017 to share findings from Pattiro's online discussion platform and survey with local government and civil society stakeholders.