Smart Villages Establishment For Rural Community Development


Alfitri, Abdul Kholek, Randi, Muhammad Izzudin, Andi Alfatih
Faculty of Social and Political Science, UNSRI, Indonesia.
Azhar, Mohd Mahzan Awang, Abdul Razaq Ahmad, Sarah Khumairah Muchlis
Faculty of Education, UKM, Malaysia.


This research analyzed the urgency of ICT in developing smart villages in Mulya Sari Village, Banyuasin, South Sumatra, Indonesia. Smart village assessment by exploring and analyzing community’s perceptions of the six smart village effects, namely smart governance, smart branding, smart economy, smart living, smart society, and smart environment. The research method used was quantitative with a questionnaire like a scaling instrument. The category used in measuring these perceptions was a score of 20 – 40 was a very unimportant answer (VU), 40 – 60 was an unimportant answer (U), 60 – 80 was an important answer (I), 80 – 100 was a very important answer (VI) while neutral/doubtful answers (N) were obtained if the score scale was 60. The important finding in this research was that each aspect of smart village assessment into an important category, namely an average score of 60-80 percent. The highest score was smart living and smart society with a score of 77, the meaning was that the community had an important concern for life and village communities. While smart governance with a score of 73, smart branding 72, smart economy 74, and smart environment with a score of 72. An important conclusion in the research was that the need for ICT in smart village development was an important element according to the community. Because currently, the development of ICT has provided many alternatives for the progress of the community in the village. The results of this research recommend that the government or the private sector needs to strengthen ICT infrastructure, strengthen community capacity in supporting villages to become smart.