Success and Sustainability of Donor Funded Projects of Selected International Non Governmental Organizations in Turkana County, Kenya.
Lokangae, Alfred Ejem
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The presence of international nongovernmental organizations in Kenya can be traced back to earlier years of independence with most of them recording over fifty years of presence and implementing community supported development programmes. The role played by these organizations through donor support in improving living standards of vulnerable communities in any country cannot be underestimated. However, development projects initiated and lor funded by these agencies perform poorly and many become nonoperational on termination of donor support. Despite this problem, evaluative studies and recommendations by external consultants are not relevant with the context and sociocultural factors of African communities. Most of these projects lack transition and participation strategies due to donor pressure on accountability. This therefore poses a gap , . that this study seeks to fill through investigation of the factors that influence the success and sustainability of the projects especially in poverty ravaged county of Turkana. The study adopts a descriptive research design. The target population included the employees of selected INGOs in Turkana County. Data was collected from the sampled respondents using questionnaires-.as the principal data collection instrument. Stratified and -' purposive sampling techniques were used to come up with a representative sample size. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) to aid in the generation of results. The study recommended successive planning, active participation of stakeholders, the linkage between development plans and vision 2030, all inclusive gender responsive policies, participative and transition strategies that will ensure projects are consultatively identified, owned, successful and sustained by the community long after the donor funds have been withdrawn.