Strategic planning and implementation of constituency development funded projects in Njoro constituency, Nakuru County, Kenya
Rukwaro, Samuel Kimani
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The Njoro constituency fund caters for six wards namely Mau Narok, Mauche, Kihingo, Nesuit, Lare and Njoro Wards. The CDF project implementation has had diverse challenges. For example, the auditor general noted that the failure to utilize budgeted funds during the financial year negatively impacted on the project implementations at the constituency level. This study aimed at examining the impact of strategic planning on the project implementation in Njoro constituency. Amongst the aspects that were examined included monitoring and evaluation, stakeholders’ participation, risk management and financial resources aspects. The specific objectives included examination of influence of monitoring and evaluation, stakeholders’ participation, risk management and financial resources on the implementation of CDF project in Njoro Constituency, Nakuru County, Kenya. The study was done using stakeholder theory, resource based view theory and dynamic capabilities theory. The study was based on the descriptive research design. The target population was all the project managers, committee members and community representatives that were involved in the ongoing CDF projects in Njoro constituency for the 2016/2017 financial year. The data collection was a questionnaire. The pilot study was undertaken in Naivasha constituency with a view of not contaminating the final study population. Both the descriptive and inferential statistics were undertaken. The descriptive statistics that were used include means, standard deviations, and frequency distributions. The inferential statistics for this study included multiple linear regressions and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). The multiple regression model was deemed viable as the p value was 0.000 which satisfied the p<0.05 threshold required for viability in this study. The study found that a unit increase in monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder participation, risk management, and financial resources each on its own with other variables kept constant would result in 0.096, 0.128, 0.021, and 0.357 increases in the implementation of CDF projects respectively. It concluded that monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder participation, risk management, and financial resources on their own have no significant influence on implementation of CDF projects. It further concluded that monitoring and evaluation, stakeholders’ participation, risk management, and financial resources positively influence the implementation of CDF projects. The study recommends changes to the CDF management implementing policy so as to improve the monitoring and evaluation framework including enhancing the supervisory role of the Member of Parliament in project implementation. It also recommends that stakeholder and community participation in identifying viable projects be enhanced so that the projects that are implemented have impact to the community. It further recommends that sufficient amount of funds be allocated to projects, and the budgetary plans of the allocated funds include an appropriate estimate for purposes of examination of the project implementation.