Project Management Practices and Performance of the Public Projects in Mombasa County, Kenya
Mathenge, Peter Mwangih
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The performance of most projects in Kenya fails to meet the expected goal based on time and cost indicators. More than seventy percent of the implemented projects recorded time and cost variations. Most of Kenya’s urban construction sector projects fail to achieve their objectives despite the many rules, regulations and the quality training of the consultants. In 2016, Mombasa County failed to deliver on its development public projects to the tune of forty seven percent. The study had the aim of exploring the effects of project management practices (PMP) on public projects performance in the county of Mombasa, Kenya. Specifically, the study sought to explore effect of planning, financial management practices (FMP), stakeholders’ involvement, project team competence and monitoring and evaluation on public projects performance. The study anchored on systems theory as the core theory for the study. The design embraced by the study is descriptive research design. Collection of data was through open and closed ended questionnaires from a target population of 189. The sampling was done by use of a stratified sampling procedure and the sample size was 66 project officers. The researcher delivered the questionnaires to the respondent and picked them later after they were filled. Pilot study was carried out on nineteen project officers from the target population who did not participate in the study. The data reliability was determined by using the test-retest technique and reliability measures were analysed by calculating Cronbach’s alpha coefficients. The data was analysed by use of qualitative and quantitative techniques. Qualitative data was analysed using content analysis. Quantitative data was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings indicated that planning, financial management practices, monitoring and evaluation, project team competences and stakeholders involvement had a relationship with the public projects’ performance (PPP) in Mombasa county. The conclusion of the study was that the performance of the project is partly caused by the planning, financial management practices, monitoring and evaluation, project management team competencies and stakeholder’s involvement. It is recommended that planning of project be undertaken before commencement to ensure availability of resources and provide a roadmap for successful project implementation. It is also recommended that disbursement of funds should be done on time to avoid cost variations and interruptions of the project during implementation. It is also recommended that the government hires competent project managers who have the qualifications in project management (PM) in order to carry out proper planning and management of projects. It is further recommended that sufficient funds should be allocated to monitoring and evaluation activities. It is also recommended that stakeholders should be involved in the projects from the design stage and in the implementation for them to own the project and embrace the project outcome. It is also recommended that the government ensures more public participation in the management of public projects.