The Cash-Intensive Work Program in the rural area was aimed to achieve the target of creating 5 million to 6,6 million workers in rural areas. In addition to encouraging community participation in rural development, 30% allocation of village-fund for cash-intensive work program aimed to create temporary employment and increase people’s purchasing power. Additionally, this program is expected to improve women’s access to village community participation and empowerment.
This study is the first step to provide an overview of the first phase cash-intensive work program implementation, related to planning, implementation, and obstacles in the planning and implementation process, including the gender aspects that exist in each of these processes. The method used in this evaluation study is a process evaluation, in which the evaluation is carried out on the program being implemented and operated. The GESI framework is used in this study to identify gender relations at the household, village community level and the broader public sphere, which is a factor in women’s involvement in rural development.
This qualitative study was done by gathering information through in-depth interviews, direct observation and document collection. The study sites were carried out at Karangmulya Village and Karangkerta Village (Indramayu Regency, West Java Province), also at Mandahu Village and Makamenggit Village (East Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province).