Factors Influencing Implimentation of Donor Funded Projects in Meru Country
Maithulia, Mutwiri Moses
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The prime concern and key priority of the donor agencies is to improve the living standards among the people in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs). The Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have put up spirited fight against poverty by initiating various projects like in the field of education, health, water and sanitation, and social welfare. This is done by providing the services and also creating employment opportunities. Poverty has rampantly affected large portion of population but has greatly ravaged on the rural population. The donor funded projects have laid down strategies to handle the challenges especially on rural population, but this has not been without drawbacks in execution of these strategies to curb the problem of poor living standards. In this study the factors influencing the implementation of donor funded projects in Meru County were assessed to evaluate its efficiency in attaining its objectives. To achieve this, the study attempted to find out the influence of the management structure in projects, project financial systems, technology adopted and the donor policies on the implementation of donor funded projects. Relevant literature review on the concept of the project, projects management, donor agencies, donor funded projects and literature guided by the objectives was carried out. The study adopted a descriptive research design. The target population included all the employees working with the selected donor funded projects in Meru County. Data was collected from the sampled respondents using questionnaires as the principal data collection instrument. Stratified and purposive sampling techniques were used to come up with a representative sample size. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) aided in generation of results. The data was presented in form of pie charts, Bar graphs and frequency tables, percentages and cross-tabulation among others. The study found out that most donor funded projects were not implemented well after the withdrawal of donor funding. The major factors that were found to affect the implementation were the existing donor policies and the management systems adopted by the projects. The study recommends the beneficiaries to be trained well to be able to implement the projects well after the donors' withdrawal.