Community development programmes needs to take the different condition in villages, into account. The Village Funds (Dana Desa) as one of the funding resources for villages is expected to empower villages so that they could utilize their assets for the welfare of the locals and address social and economic gaps within village. Affirmative formulation is needed in reformulating the allocation of Dana Desa. It should consider affirmative policies for those villages with geographical or socio-cultural challenges challenges, tertinggal, terdepan, terluar – “least developed, frontline and border villages”.
In collaboration with the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture (Kemenko PMK), on 21-22 April 2017 in Bogor, KSI partner Article 33 facilitated relevant stakeholders to try out alternative formulations of Dana Desa through the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method. This is a structured technique for organizing and analysing complex decisions. It has particular application in group decision making and is used around the world in a wide variety of decision situations, in fields such as government, business, industry, healthcare, and education. Rather than prescribing a "correct" decision, the AHP helps decision makers find one that best suits their goal and their understanding of the problem. It provides a comprehensive and rational framework for structuring a decision problem, for representing and quantifying its elements, for relating those elements to overall goals, and for evaluating alternative solutions.
In this process, relevant policy makers and experts gathered at the seminar to determine the ranks of dimension, variables and indicators deemed to be the most important factors to have a just and affirmative Dana Desa. Present in the discussion was representatives from Kemenko PMK, The Ministry of Villages Bappenas, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance, the Office of Presidential Staff and several of KSI’s policy research institutes.