The role of participatory village maps in strengthening public participation practice

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

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This study investigated the role of participatory village maps in strengthening the Musrenbang, an annual multi-stakeholder public consultation forum to discuss development issues and plans in Indonesia. We evaluated the Musrenbang in five villages in Deli Serdang District after conducting participatory mapping workshops to produce village maps to inform the Musrenbang process. Our results show that communication between Musrenbang participants improved because the maps provided a clear definition of the village administrative area, geospatial data as resources for participation, transparency, and a dynamic deliberative process. Collaboration was also evident as the maps enabled participants to exchange knowledge, experience social learning, and have greater influence on the decision-making process. Despite the benefits, some issues impeded the optimal use of the village maps to support the participatory process in the Musrenbang. The maps could not completely overcome the power disparities between Musrenbang participants. Certain actors still dominated the implementation of the Musrenbang, making the deliberative process inaccessible to and less inclusive of some local stakeholders. Several improvements are urgently needed to optimise the use of participatory village maps and enhance Musrenbang implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number512
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalISPRS international journal of geo-information
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Participatory village maps
  • Indonesia
  • Public participation
  • Evaluation
  • Participatory mapping
  • Geospatial data
  • Musrenbang
  • Rural development
  • Village stakeholders
  • Spatial knowledge
  • UT-Gold-D


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