DRIVERS OF SUSTAINABILITY OF YOUTH ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT FUNDED PROJECTS IN KENYA: A CASE OF JUJA CONSTITUENCY

Judy Kinya Mwithalii, Susan Were

Abstract


The aim of the study was to establish the drivers of sustainability of YEDF projects in Nairobi County, Kenya. The objectives that guided the study were: to determine the influence of project funding on sustainability of YEDF projects Kenya; and to examine the influence of project management skills on sustainability of YEDF projects in Kenya. Descriptive research design was employed in this study and structured questionnaire were used to gather primary data from the respondents. The primary data was collected from 144 youth enterprise funded projects drawn from Juja Constituency that had received funding from YEDF up to July, 2018. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was used in coding and analysis of the questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used in drawing meaningful information from the raw facts collected from the questionnaires. Measures of central tendency like mean and mode were used during the analysis process as well as frequencies and percentages were also applied. Data was presented in the form of tables and figures. Inferential statistics were also used for example regression analysis to determine the link and existing relationship between study variables. It was established from the regression model of sustainability of YEDF projects that r-squared was 0.866 and r was 0.930. The r-squared indicated that 86.60% of the variation in sustainability of YEDF projects can be described by the specified independent variables. Other variables that are not part of this model can well explain the 13.40% variation in sustainability of YEDF projects. This signifies that the selected independent variables of this study can be viewed as important elements that require clear consideration to boost sustainability of YEDF in the study area. The study endorses the advantage of project management skills to the project team to ensure sustainability of funded projects. The planning, communication, leadership and management skills of managers should be adequate. The project manager should be competent enough to manage the project, should possess ability for decision making and conflict resolution to boost youth empowerment projects sustainability. From the study adequate funding is needed to boost youth empowerment projects sustainability. There is need for adequate project financing frameworks in the projects. Effective internal controls such as proper record keeping on control of capital invested in the projects is also needed. The current study can further be looked and expounded in future applying other research methodologies so as to determine other sustainability drivers of YEDF projects in Kenya. From the existing literature a similar research can be carried out in other counties in Kenya to establish if explored factors in this study can be generalized.


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