SUSTAINABILITY OF CONSTITUENCY DEVELOPMENT FUNDED PROJECTS IN KANDUYI CONSTITUENCY, BUNGOMA COUNTY, KENYA

Christine Khaemba, Paul Sang

Abstract


Constituency Development Fund involves decentralization of resources to the local level government, which is believed to have a better understanding of community needs. However, most CDF projects have been faced with challenges such as poor sustainability of CDF projects and most of the projects collapsed or stopped working few months after financing. The CDF Committee of Kanduyi constituency has also invested a lot in the last three years in the purchase of seedlings and planting of trees in both primary and secondary schools. However, while the process of tree growth requires watering, weeding and mulching, after planting trees no funds are allocated to ensuring that these trees grow and do not die. As a result these tree plants die a few months after planting. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the factors influencing the sustainability of Constituency Development Funded projects in Kanduyi Constituency. The study also sought to examine the effect of project management skills, community participation, and funding on the sustainability of constituency development fund projects in Kanduyi Constituency. The study used descriptive research method. The target population was 844 stakeholders who included project managers and beneficiaries representatives in Kanduyi constituency. The study utilized stratified random sampling in the selection of a sample of 271 study subjects. Semi-structured questionnaire was used in collection of primary data. The research instrument generated quantitative and qualitative data. The study adopted content analysis in analysing qualitative data obtained from the open ended questions and key informant interviews. Descriptive and inferential statistics (regression and correlation analysis) were utilized in analysing quantitative data through the aid of statistical software known as SPSS version 22. Descriptive statistic entailed computation of mean, percentage, standard deviation and percentage. The study found that community participation, project management skills and funding have a positive and significant effect on sustainability of constituency development fund projects. Therefore, the study recommends that the project managers should the management at the Kanduyi Constituency should improve the competency skills of their staff through provision of free training programs, pay fees to project managers who want to advance other carriers and offer free tutorial training course related to project management. Furthermore, the study recommends that the government should ensure timely allocation of fund through adoption of electronic procurement systems such as Integrated Financial Management Information System so as to enhance timely disbursement of constituency development fund funds.


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