The impact of constituency development fund on development: a case of Amagoro constituency in Teso District
Lumiti, Protus Atsali
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The research topic is an investigation on impact of constituency development fund on development, a case of Amagoro Constituency. The main study question is in what way the CDF has affected the development of the constituency. The study is guided by specific objectives: To establish the role of CDF on Development, to assess the benefits and the challenges of CDF and to determine the impact of CDF on development. Strategic implementation and knowledge on how to utilize the Constituency Development Fund is lacking at the grass root level; something that needs close attention. This study sought to bridge the knowledge gap by analyzing the impact of CDF on development in Amagoro Constituency. Proportional sampling and stratified random sampling was used. The population sample is 100 respondents randomly sampled from the 85,859 registered voters of Amagoro constituency according to Electoral Commission of Kenya (2007). The method of sampling was Proportional sampling. Primary and secondary data both quantitative and qualitative were utilized in this study. Research assistants distributed questionnaires to various selected Divisions during the 2007 general election period. Secondary data was collected from CDF publications, Kenya Bureau of Standards records and the internet. The data collected was analyzed by statistical packages for social sciences (SPSS). The findings of the study indicated that majority of the respondents knew the role of constituency development fund. The rate of implementation of constituency Development Fund was found to be moderately fast. It emerged from the study that the respondents were dissatisfied with the manner in which the development of their area using CDF was carried out. The least effect of CDF on the constituency was increased security followed by advancement of technology. The research found out that increased health facilities had an impact on the constituency followed by increased job vacancies in the area and at the bottom of the list of benefits was poverty eradication. It is evident that the ultimate goal of CDF as a way of Poverty reduction was not achieved, something that needs further study.