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Villages: Ngada Village

Edition 128: Villages

The new Village Law could substantially change Indonesia’s villages. Not necessarily for the better.

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May 09, 2017

New law, new villages?

One of many seminars for discussing the content of new Village Law (© Yando Zakaria, Yogyakarta, July 2013)

The new Village Law could substantially change Indonesia’s villages. Not necessarily for the better.

By WARD BERENSCHOT & JACQUELINE VEL

May 09, 2017

Creating Indonesia’s Village Law

A coalition of civil society organisations campaigned for the new Village Law. (©Yando Zakaria, Jakarta 4 July 2013)

How a law that goes against many vested interests was enacted

By JACQUELINE VEL, YANDO ZAKARIA & ADRIAAN BEDNER

May 09, 2017

The myth of the harmonious village

Abraham Salm, ‘Village feast in the vicinity of Ardjoeno, Surabaya residency’ - Source: KITLV digital image library, http://media-kitlv.nl

Indonesia’s Village Law fails to provide village communities with control over their elites

By BEN WHITE

May 09, 2017

New law, old bureaucracy

‘New Law - new village office’ seems to be the rule all over the country (© Jacqueline Vel, Central Sumba, August 2016)

Taking stock after two years of village law implementation

By YANDO ZAKARIA & JACQUELINE VEL

May 09, 2017

The village head as patron

Although illegal, village heads often support candidates during district head elections - Source: Ward Berenschot

The Village Law might restore the dominance that village heads enjoyed under Suharto

By WARD BERENSCHOT & PRIO SAMBODHO

May 09, 2017

Participation in Ngada

Discussion about village development in a Ngada hamlet - Source: Lily Hoo

Why residents in Ngada district are exceptionally eager to take part in village meetings 

By LILY HOO

May 09, 2017

When village development fails

A ‘development monument’: an unused Community Health center in Papua - Source: Yulia Indri Sari

Faulty administrative procedures led to the misuse of village development funds in Papua

By YULIA INDRI SARI

May 09, 2017

Traditional village institutions and the Village Law

Villagers staging a protest in Bali - Source: Agung Wardana

The Village Law provides recognition for traditional village institutions, but villagers in Bali and Mentawai are not interested

By AGUNG WARDANA & DARMANTO

Jun 09, 2017

Comes with the territory

A sign next to a dirt road reads in Indonesian, ‘Welcome to the territory of the Kiyu customary forest under Constitutional Court Decree No. 35/PUU-X/2012. THIS IS OUR CUSTOMARY FOREST, NOT STATE FOREST.’

Compromises must be made in the quest for indigeneity among the Dayak...

By JAZAK AKBAR HIDAYAT

Jun 01, 2017

Review: Beyond decent work

Garment workers working at a factory

A new book examines Indonesian labour struggles through the lens of international...

By ANTJE MISSBACH

May 23, 2017

Old and poor

An old woman walks down the street.

Indonesia’s welfare schemes are failing to support older citizens

By SAFRINA THRISTIAWATI

May 18, 2017

Review: Hope and despair in Aceh

Mahdi Abdullah speaks to guests at Transmemorabilia. (Australia Plus)

Contemporary Indonesian painter Mahdi Abdullah exhibits Acehnese culture in Melbourne 

By KAREN KARTOMI THOMAS

May 06, 2017

Hope in the darkness

Kalsoom Jaffari has dedicated her life in Indonesia to helping other refugees

A Hazara fleeing persecution has dedicated her life in Indonesia to helping...

By ANGELA RICHARDSON

Apr 25, 2017

A lottery love affair

Discussing the lottery at the end of the day. (Thijs Schut)

On the island of Flores, a Singaporean lottery based on the Chinese...

By THIJS SCHUT

Apr 18, 2017

Online dating apps blocked

Screenshot: A young man looks over the Grindr app interface. (Brondongmanis Channel via Youtube)

A government crackdown on dating apps is depriving LGBT Indonesians of a...

By DINA LISTIORINI AND SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES

Apr 12, 2017

Iswadi Pratama, an auteur of Indonesian theatre

Pratama's production of The Age of Bones. '...theatre is the perfect medium for representing real and powerful stories.' (Teater Satu)

Indonesia’s foremost theatre director, the internationally acclaimed Iswadi Pratama, staged an extraordinary...

By CARANISSA DJATMIKO

Apr 04, 2017

Book extract: Sarongge

(Agus Andrianto for CIFOR, via Flickr)

Lontar Modern Indonesia: ‘But that is, after all, the relationship between land and...

By TOSCA SANTOSO

Apr 04, 2017

Petikan buku: Sarongge

(Agus Andrianto for CIFOR, via Flickr)

Lontar Modern Indonesia: ‘Siapa yang pegang kuasa, akan paksakan pandangannya tentang bagaimana...

By TOSCA SANTOSO

Mar 20, 2017

Review: Martial arts meet musical performance

The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and Its Music reveals the multitude of martial...

By ALFIRA O'SULLIVAN

Mar 13, 2017

No durable solutions

Exercising inside the immigration detention centre in Tanjung Pinang. (Credit: Dave Lumenta)

A new presidential decree delivers little for asylum seekers and refugees in...

By ANTJE MISSBACH AND NIKOLAS FEITH TAN

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Indonesia’s woman to watch

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