Another Side of Rural Development
An Important Lesson from Banyumas Indonesia
This research aims to analyse some important indicators in rural development that focuses on nonpartisan communities in community empowerment. That phenomenon is very interesting to study because of the importance of involving the people in community empowerment, including those who are not participating. This study is a case study in the District of Banyumas, Indonesia, with purposive sampling as an informant choosing technique. In-depth interviews and documentation are chosen for collecting the data. The research results show there are several reasons for the villagers not to participate in rural development. Those factors are age, busyness, and lack of information, among others. The suitability between hopes and needs with the program cannot be a supporting indicator of participation. However, nonpartisan villagers are not subject to sanctions or different actions and reactions for their reluctance to participate. They only receive satire from their neighbours. The openness to and the suitability of the program that will be done makes it possible for the villagers to be able to take part in future programs.