STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY OF KELURAHAN FOLLOWING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LAW NO. 23 / 2014 ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT
After the enactment of Law Number 23 of 2014 concerning Regional Government, the authority of the Kelurahan institution experienced a shift in the authority of tasks and functions, namely that the status of the kelurahan was no longer a regional apparatus but became part of the Subdistrict government. Consequently, the activities carried out by the Kelurahan are determined by the policies decided by the sub-district government. This condition affects performance and one of them causes the government at the Kelurahan level to become rigid and tend to be less dynamic. Even though this case has actually developed for quite a long time, it is still relevant to be addressed within the framework of empowerment towards a rising Indonesia, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. This community service activity aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of the kelurahan apparatus so as to improve their performance (performance). This activity uses the following methods: lectures, questions and answers, and group discussion forums (FGD). The results of the activity in particular have led to several goals, including: in the cognitive aspect, there has been an increase in the understanding of the participants regarding the operational steps for strengthening the institutional capacity of the Kelurahan, such as: understanding correctly (not based on assumptions) regarding authority, main tasks and functions according to the will of Law Number 23 of 2014, and the balance of financial resources, human resources and facility resources. From the practical aspect, it appears that there is a strong desire and awareness from the kelurahan apparatus to increase institutional capacity through various steps taken as stated in the FGD.