The allocation and distribution of village funds has been subject to debates since the beginning of the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. In 2015, three Ministers signed a Joint Decree (SKB) to accelerate the disbursement of village funds after the President learned that out of the 74,093 villages listed in the program, only 18,000 villages had received the village funds allocated for 2015. Two years later, on August 2, 2017, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) conducted a Sting Operation (OTT) in the Regency of Pamekasan in East Java and named five government officials, including the Regent as suspects of bribery related to the management of village funds. This OTT confirmed the public’s concern on the issue. To subscribe please click here