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Title: Effectiveness of participatory planning in the provision of service Delivery case study: Nakasongola town council
Authors: Molly, Oketayot
Keywords: Social work and social administration
Participatory planning
Service delivery
Nakasongola town council
Issue Date: Aug-2008
Publisher: Kampala international international: College Humanities and Social Sciences
Abstract: This study was carried out in Nakasongola Town Council, Nakasongola District in the Central part of Uganda. This study explored the effectiveness of participatory planning in decentralized development in the provision of services in Nakasongola Town Council. Under the Local Government Act 1997, participatory planning was adopted as an approach that encourages participation and involvement of all key stakeholders in development planning and implementation. The Local Government Act 1997 mandates village, parish executive committees to initiate, encourage, support and participate in self-help projects, mobilize people, materials and technical assistance and to monitor projects and other activities by Government, Local Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations. •With the effectiveness of decentralized development in view of poverty reduction under question, it is not clear whether or not participatory planning has added value to local development in terms of service delivery. To respond participation in planning as an approach to decentralized local governance service delivery. The central question the study asked is, I-low effective participatory plam1ing in the provision of services in Nakasongola Town Council is. Data collection was triangulated using interviews, individual questionnaire, and Focus group discussion. Respondents were selected using stratified random sampling method and they included Nakasongola Town Council staff, Councillors, Local Council leaders I and II, Parish Development Committee members and community beneficiaries. From the data analysis, it was found out that participatory planning in Nakasongola Town Council could be clustered as community participation in Local Government planning process, effectiveness of participatory planning in identifying community priority needs and challenges associated with participatory planning. The Harmonized Participatory Planning guide provides a framework for participatory bottom-up planning on participatory investment decision making and resource allocation so that Local Councils at Parish/Ward, village/cell are more responsive to the needs of the electorates hence promoting decentralized governance service delivery. It can be concluded that, although participatory planning is being implemented in Local Governments, community empowerment in participatory planning process is essential for more involvement of the community in the planning process. The study therefore came up with the following recommendation; that community empowerment in the planning process should be of paramount importance and their involvement should not only stop at priority identification but rather they should be involved at all stages of the planning process which is priority identification, planning, implementation and monitoring of the projects for effective governance service delivery.
Description: A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a bachelor in social work and social administration of Kampala international university
Appears in Collections:Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Social Administration

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