Participatory village mapping to improve public participation practice in Indonesia

A. Akbar*, J. Flacke, J. Martinez, M.F.A.M. van Maarseveen

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda, in particular, Goal 11.3.2 and 11.6.7 urged the necessity to implement good public participation practices that ensure equal opportunities for all groups of stakeholders to engage in the development processes. In Indonesia, after the establishment of Village Law in 2014, an annual participatory planning practice called Musrenbang is implemented to produce the village development plans through public meetings. As an obligatory process, Musrenbang is often poorly implemented due to problems such as power relations and disagreement among stakeholders. Enabling the stakeholders to find common understanding through knowledge integration is crucial to minimize these issues. Aside from the participatory planning process through Musrenbang, the law also requires each village to have a village map that showing the boundaries, facilities and infrastructure, and landuse/land cover of the village. However, most villages do not have these maps because the map-making process is considered expensive and requires particular skills or expertise. Therefore, we developed a collaborative spatial learning methodology to enable the village stakeholders to participate in the mapping process. Through the implementation of the participatory mapping approach we supported not only the production of the village maps, but investigated how the participatory mapping activities contribute to integrate stakeholders’ spatial knowledge; helping them to minimize the power gaps and to find common understanding through the social learning experiences. Ultimately, it is expected that the developed methodology would improve the Musrenbang implementation at the village level.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2019
EventInternational Society for Participatory Mapping Conference, ISPM 2019 - Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019


ConferenceInternational Society for Participatory Mapping Conference, ISPM 2019
Abbreviated titleISPM 2019
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