Date added:October 29, 2017Download -710KB
Village underdevelopment is considered a major contributor to Indonesia’s high levels of inequality. Law No.6 / 2014 (‘Village Law’) on villages’ governance and finance is regarded as the most progressive policy in the history of local governance in Indonesia, and has great potential for rural development.
This study investigates the implementation of the Village Law, asking whether it is functioning as an enabler or a constraint for more accountable governance. Indonesian non-governmental organisation PATTIRO carried out the study visited six villages which were selected as examples of good practice in governance.
The study finds that overall, the law both enables and constrains positive changes towards more accountable governance. It is an enabler in that its stipulations have generally encouraged some village reforms, compared to the previous law, and has helped to increase national and district funds going to villages.
But the law also constrains village governments from optimising their development programmes in various ways, including by imposing a complex reporting burden. It fails to accurately define roles and responsibilities clearly, perpetuating ambiguities that impede better functioning and accountability.
Citizen participation within the framework of the law is also not optimum: firstly the law does not enable all village citizens to monitor village elections; secondly, there are restrictions on who can participate in village forums (Musdes); thirdly, implementation of the law limits the authority of ‘the village’, subordinating it to district government for governance and finance.
Based on these findings, PATTIRO offered recommendations for different government authorities for strengthening the Village Law’s implementation and has created research uptake spaces to share knowledge and practical experience of implementing the Village Law.
- Village governance in Indonesia
- Decentralisation and accountability
- Legal frameworks for citizen participation
About this publication
Publication type Research report
Page length22 pagesDownload -710KB
PROJECT |June 15, 2016
Promoting accountability of Village Law implementation through an ICT-based forum…
More on these themes
PUBLICATION |January 21, 2018
Appropriating technology for accountability: messages from Making All Voices Count
PUBLICATION |January 20, 2018
Supporting innovation and the use of technologies in accountability initiatives:…
PUBLICATION |January 19, 2018
Increasing citizen voice and government responsiveness: what does success really…
BLOG |January 17, 2018
Cleaning house — Experimental evidence on improving citizen engagement in…
PUBLICATION |January 17, 2018
The effect of civic leadership training on citizen engagement and…
PUBLICATION |January 15, 2018
The art of ‘bureaucraft’: Why and how bureaucrats respond to…
PUBLICATION |January 12, 2018
The Free State Housing Campaign: supporting people-led demands for social…
PUBLICATION |January 9, 2018
Poverty, voice and advocacy: a Haitian study
PUBLICATION |December 15, 2017
Addressing failure in ICT-enabled ‘citizen voice – government responsiveness’ interventions:…