Participatory planning and sustainable development in local governments in Uganda: a case of Kasese municipal council

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study was conducted to establish the necessary link between participatory planning and sustainable developrnent in local governments of Uganda with specific focus on Kasese Municipal council i.e study was guided by three objectives including; establishing the level of participatory planning towards sustainable development in Kasese Municipal council, to establish the challt,11,cs affecting full achievement of planning approaches towards sustainable development in Kasese Municipal council and to find out the relationship between participatory planning and sustainable development in Kasese Municipal council. Findings were; that stakeholders at all levels need to participate in planning for sustainable development. It was found out that participation from all stakeholders in the accountability processes of development management is critical to the timely and full realization of the development goals and objectives. Further, it was found out that participation by consultation encourages ownership of projects for sustainable development it was found out that participatory planning process is affected by lack of effective follow-ns lo community programs which affects development. It was concluded 111''.' in order to realize sustainable development, there is need to maintain the level of participator: planning at the current state in the municipality so that there is effective and efficient service delivery, also; that there is need to engage all key stakeholders like CSOs, non-governmental organizations the private sector and the disadvantaged sections of the people in planning and decision making processes. Also, it can be concluded that there is need to have a mechanism of follow up on activities and programs/projects agreed upon during the participatory planning process sustainable development. It is concluded that corruption is a thorn which hampers sustainable economic growth and development of the economy. The researcher m~, 1 r1me.nds that all key stakeholders should be involved m participatory Planning processes that sustainable development is realized. It is recommended that the municipal authority should develop mechanisms for effective monitoring and follow up for each project design to enhance sustainable development. The researcher recommends that the municipal council finance department should identify alternative sources like revenue like property tax as recommended by the laws so that funds are sufficient to enhance sustainable development. It is recommended that the central government should strengthen anti-corruption agencies so that they can be able to handle corruption cases successfully to conclusion
A research dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of the Degree of Master of Public Administration and Management of Kampala International University
planning, sustainable development, local governments