Performance of poverty eradication donor funded projects in Mwingi sub-county –Kenya
Kitivi, Dorothy Mutindi
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The research project was undertaken to determine the performance of donor funded projects in Mwingi-sub-county in Kenya. Donors play a crucial role in the development process in many areas of the world. They assist nations with acute shortage of funds, experiencing natural disasters like hunger and floods among others which results into predictable environmental circumstances, the level of the citizens per capital income decreases and severely limits their ability to acquire the goods and services they need for their social, educational and economic needs. The objectives of the research project were to; establish the influence of stakeholders‟ involvement, Staff competencies, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Availability of resources in the performance of donor funded projects. It is important to note that aid/ donor funds have a positive impact on growth in developing countries with good fiscal, monetary and trade policies but have little effect in the presence of poor policies. However many of the projects funded by donors have ended up collapsing either within the project period have not been able to proceed further after the termination of this support. This has been due to the problems of competent project staff, failure to do thorough planning for the projects or even sometimes the sources of funds mainly from donors are not convenient enough for project implementation and sometimes organizations implementing the donor funded project don‟t involve the local community who are the beneficiaries of the project. This has raised my concern whether those projects were implemented well. The research was aimed at a target populationof fifteen projects with a total of 75 staff working in the donor funded projects in Mwingi sub-county. The respondents included Project managers, administrators, ICT personnel, finance officers, and other staffs. The 75 respondents in the survey filled questionnaires to allow for collection of both qualitative and quantitative data. The data collected was classified and tabulated in a systematic manner. Data analysis was done by use of descriptive tools. In addition a statistical package for social science (SPSS) was used to speed up data analysis process. The data was presented by use of frequency distribution tables. The major findings of the study revealed that Stakeholders involvement, Staff competencies, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Availability of Resources all greatly influenced the performance of the donor funded projects.