Challenges of project implementation of community-based goat breeding project in Meru
Mugambi, David Kimenchu
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A study on community-based goat breeding project was undertaken to investigate the challenges of project implementation. The objective was to identify and document the leadership, financial management, and information communication challenges facing the project implementation with a view of making recommendations for improved performance and to guide future projects aimed at poverty reduction. The study was motivated by concerns raised by the community and policy makers on the declining project performance after take over by the community. This was a threat to sustainability of a project which had contributed to increased incomes of the beneficiaries and also stimulated increased demand for dairy goats from the same foci throughout the country. Primary data were collected through a descriptive survey by administering structured questionnaires to selected respondents. The sample size was derived using the Fischer's formula while the respondents were selected through a random sampling method. The collected data was edited, coded, and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data through frequency distributions. Correlations analysis to establish the strengths of relationships were done by use of Pearson Product Moment Correlations. The study established that though a community can democratically elect its own leaders after the donor's exit, it could not ensure the delivery of expected outputs by the leaders. The Meru dairy goat project faced leadership, financial, and information communication challenges of project implementation. The study recommended the need for a government policy to ensure sustainability of rural development community-based projects; support structures for monitoring, supervision and backstopping should be provided.