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Title: The Relationship Between Local Community Participation And Project Sustainability. A Case Study Of Nyamware -Kionyo Water And Sanitation Project, Gucha District, Kenya
Authors: Enock, Kiage Nyaboga
Keywords: Relationship Between Local Community
Participation And Project Sustainability
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Publisher: Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social sciences.
Abstract: Most of the development agencies have emphasized the need for strengthening community participation, capacity building and resource mobilization. Empowerment through participative development enables people to take an active role in shaping decisions that affect their lives. Local stakeholders have a key role to play to remedy problems. Project sustainability is the durability of positive project results after the termination of the technical cooperation channeled through that project. In view of the importance of participation, this study examined the role of the community in ensuring the continuous flow of the same benefits that were set in motion by Network for Water and Sanitation International (NETWAS). Empirical data was collected on the role of local community participation in project sustainability from a range of project stakeholders and analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. Primary data was collected by use of questionnaires, interview guides and observations, which were analyzed using percentages and presented in graphs and pie charts. Findings indicate that the key motivation in participation during project implementation was mainly for material benefits. Currently, the local community participates passively instead of interactively and hence the project has not been fully owned by the people. The study also identified a number of problems in participation and project sustainability. These include lack of funds, insecurity and poor coordination. The project mainly benefits the school-going children although the general community also benefits from the protected springs. Local community participation is essential for project sustainability. However, participation of other stakeholders (local government, non governmental organizations and donors) is equally necessary. Therefore, there is need for empowering the water and sanitation management committee to provide an opportunity for people to participate. In addition, the community members need to be sensitized to accept their responsibilities and to see the need for participating in sustaining projects.
Description: A Thesis Submitted In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Degree Of Master Of Arts In Project Planning And Management Of Kampala International University .
Appears in Collections:Masters of Arts in Project Planning and Management

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