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Jakarta Post

Villages lack expertise to manage funds for rural development

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Thu, March 12, 2020   /  12:53 pm
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Farmers harvest rice using a modern rice cutting machine in the area of the village of East Biara Village, Tanah Jambo Aye District, North Aceh, Aceh, Monday (9/3/2020).(Antara/Syifa Yulinnas)

South Sumatra's Serjiabo village head Heriyan has a lot on his plate when it comes to managing village funds. He said village heads lacked understanding of financial administration and management, slowing down overall budget absorption. They also worry about punishments stipulated in the current provision if they fail to manage the money well despite their lack of expertise on the matter. "Technical problems have delayed the disbursement of village funds. There are regulations on developing a village, yet villages lack technical experts and advisors," he said during a meeting in Palembang, South Sumatra on Feb. 28. Heriyan was just one among thousands of village heads who attended a meeting alongside several ministers to deliberate village funds, which have helped infrastructure projects get off the ground in rural areas. The village fund program has become a fl...