Fact Sheet | Village Authority and Public Services

December 13, 2016

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Law No. 6 of 2014 on Villages (Village Law) states that one purpose of the regulation of the village is to improve public services for the village community. This logic can be understood by looking at the formulation of the norms in the Village Law that generally give broad autonomy to the village to organize their own administration as self-governing communities. Thus, residents of the village will be closer to the service provider, namely the village government (Pemdes). Following this logic, public services, which have been organized by the regency/city governments, should be also done by the village government. The critical question is whether this is easily implemented, given the Pemdes not having the authority to run the affairs of government, because the distribution of government affairs, according to Law No. 23 of 2014 on Local Government (Local Government Law) is limited to the regency/city government.

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