Muthoni Wangechi Sally, James Rosemary


In Kenya, many governmental organizations have increasingly been involved in supporting community projects aimed at improving livelihoods of the community in which they operate. However, community projects in Kenya and in Kieni sub-county have been reported to experience challenges during the implementation. Analysis of datasets in Kieni sub-county indicates that just 60% of the implemented projects are functional. This study therefore sought to assess the influence of community participation on the implementation of community based projects in Kenya with a particular focus on Kieni Sub-County. The study sought to determine the effect of community awareness, community consultation, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building on the implementation of community based organisation projects Kieni Sub-County. This research study used a descriptive research design. The target population of this study was 17 project managers, 17 project coordinators and 102 project committee members in 17 community based projects in Kieni Sub-County. The study used a census to select the project managers and project coordinator. In addition, simple random sampling was used to select 50% of the committee members. The study made use of primary data, which was obtained by use of semi-structured questionnaires. Qualitative data was analysed by use of content analysis presented in a prose form. On the other hand, Quantitative data was analysed by use of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21. In addition, descriptive and inferential statistics was used in this study. The study found that there is a significant positive influence of community awareness, community consultations, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building in implementation of community based projects in Kenya. The study recommends that community leaders should lay enough and reliable communication channels that will be used in informing the public on project matters. The study also recommended that community should be consulted in the implementation of projects as they help in meeting the objectives of the project.
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