Rural Community Leadership in Decentralization

Sutiyo, Sutiyo and Maharjan, Keshav Lall (2017) Rural Community Leadership in Decentralization. In: Decentralization and Rural Development in Indonesia. Springer, Singapore, pp. 99-110. ISBN 978-981-10-3207-3

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The roles of rural community leaders in decentralization cannot be underestimated, as they are the main actors organizing villagers in executing rural development programs. Four kinds of community leaders exist in rural Indonesia, namely the village head, hamlet head, upper neighborhood head and lower neighborhood head. Through cases study in Serang, Kedarpan and Sumilir villages, it is found that majority of their leadership capacity indicators were good enough, especially in terms of being informed, creativity, fairness, encouragement, responsiveness and submission to consensus. However, their accountability is perceived to be low. Among them, the neighborhood head is perceived to be the most popular leader. It is seen that the lower neighborhood head has become the safety guard that improves information access and accountability reports for the community while the village head is not optimally performing it. Rural community leaders are the key actors to make decentralization succeed. Their capacity to organize communities can be strengthened through capacity development, establishing clear institutional arrangements and providing sufficient incentives.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community Leader; Javanese Leadership; Local Capacity; Rural Institution; Rural Development; Decentralization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Politics and Government > Community Economic and Rural Development
Depositing User: Ph.D Sutiyo Sutiyo
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 02:39
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2018 02:39

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