Project Dynamics and Performance of Fishing Project Funded by International Committee of Red Cross, Lamu County Kenya
Owese, Caroline Akinyi
Mutswenje, Vincent Shiundu
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Employment, economic growth, food for the populace, and foreign and domestic money all share a great deal to the industry of fishing. Performance of fishing projects is key in the growth of Kenya’s agricultural sector and by extension the entire economy. Countries with more developed economies, such as Spain and China, have conducted the vast majority of the research on the dynamics and performance of fishing projects. Previous research findings in Kenya reveal that although the fishers claimed to be experiencing low fish catches due to changes in climate, lack of advanced fishing gears and vessels, fishing remained a major livelihood source. Evidence of studies showing the linkage between project sustainability and performance of fishing remains scanty, it is against this backdrop that the goal of this project was founded to provide strategies for improving the livelihoods of Lamu fishermen such that they not only benefit local residents but also significantly contribute to Kenya's economic development. This research aimed to analyze project dynamics and performance of fishing project funded by international committee of Red Cross Lamu County, Kenya. Three variables were identified, fisher men training, monitoring and evaluation and fisheries management. The study was anchored on the following theories; Diffusion of innovation theory, Classical fisheries management theory and theory of change. An explanatory research approach was harnessed. The study population was the Fishing project funded by International Committee of Red Cross. Observation unit included 344 individuals from Lamu and International committee of the Red Cross. This research used stratified sampling technique to sample selected Lamu fishermen and management level employees at Red Cross in Mombasa. Sample size comprised of 185 respondents. Data from the study was collected using questionnaires and data from journals, books, published and unpublished thesis.18 questionnaires were used for the pilot testing that formed 10 percent of the total sample size. Reliability and validity was tested. The results of Pearson correlation revealed that fisher men training, monitoring and evaluation and fisheries management had a positive and statistical significant effect on performance of fishing project. The results support the conclusions of prior research on the topic, while also adding to our understanding of the relationship between project dynamics and fishing project performance. Organizations should think about project dynamics to boost the efficiency of their fishing projects. Thus, long-term studies are needed in the future to investigate the correlation between project dynamics and costs of performance.
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