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Village Budget School: Community Participation in the Preparation of Village Rpjm

Sekar Village- The second phase of the implementation of the Village Budget School (Sekar Desa) initiated by Fitra was again held in three villages, Trenggalek district, to be precise in Banjar village, Tangkil village and Sawahan village. The implementation of the first phase of Sekar Desa can be read in this article:Sekar Village.

In this second stage, the team of facilitators (Cak Dakelan -Fitra Jatim and 2 local CSOs, including myself), invited the acceptors from each village (1 village 25 people) to explore more about the process and stages of preparing the Village RPJM. The points in the material touch on the discourse:

  1. The purpose of village funds
  2. Village development goals
  3. Village development planning
  4. Principles of village development planning
  5. Approach to village development planning
  6. Flow of stages for the preparation of the Village RPJM
  7. Systematize the Village RPJM

This is very important to discuss because considering that, after the inauguration of the village head, it is obligatory to prepare the Village RPJM to determine the design direction of village development over a period of 6 years. The reason is that, as it relates to the interests of the villagers, they should be involved in the drafting stage.

One of the important things from this community involvement is to advocate community ideas based on common needs, so that the village in its budgeting accommodates the interests of the villagers. Furthermore, after the Village RPJM is ratified, it will become the holy book of village development for 6 years. It is clarified by the Village RKP which is prepared annually.

Learning with the Community Propose Ideas for the Village

Initially, the facilitation team created 4 fundamental news stories that are now the focus of Fitra, namely education information, health information, population information and economic issues. The four gossips are nationally prioritized for basic services for the population.

Participants were divided into 4 groups based on the interests of the 4 information provided, then we facilitated each group to take an inventory and detail the problems that are being or are often faced by the village. Then several solutions are proposed which are recorded on flipcharts. This proposal, after being assessed according to priorities, is used as a village program, in order to resolve the problems faced. Techniqueproblem solvingThis is working together to implement the policymoney follow function.

From each of these villages, proposals from the group discussions were obtained which were then presented by representatives from each group. We collected the results of the proposal and reported it to the RPJM drafting team for each village.

Response from the Village Head

So far, according to village government accreditation, it is rare to do things like this. Usually, the process of planning village documents, either through village deliberations or village musrenbang, is only limited to accommodating the invitation of representatives from community leaders, but does not invite them to actively issue proposals (proposals). Thus, for residents who happen to be accustomed to speaking, take advantage of this opportunity, but for residents who rarely have opinions in a forum, they tend to be reluctant to share their thoughts.

The head of the village assisted by the event admitted that he was really helped by the efforts that had been carried out by the team, and hoped that he would continue to be invited to learn about good village management in accordance with established regulations.