The brief describes development planning consultations, locally known as musrenbang, conducted in stages through different levels of governance: village, sub-district and district. The brief then documents lessons from experience catalyzing collective action among local community goups (in particular womens groups) to engage in this development process and to help articulate the womens aspirations in such a way that they could be heard by district decision makers. While some progress was made, such as womens improved presence in different forums and their capacity to speak and propose distinct proposals for development, some challenges such as elite capture remain.
Topic: CIFOR,decentralization,development plans,participation,rural communities,local government,community action,women,gender relations,law,action research,rural development
Series: CIFOR Governance Brief no. 34(b)
Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
Publication Year: 2007Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.