The decentralization of project design as a way of poverty reduction a case study Kagoma parish, Buwenge sub county, Jinja district

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study examined the role of decentralization of project design in poverty reduction. Decentralization has given power to local population since it was established in the country. However, the central government remains important figure behind project implementation especially in terms of funding. This policy’s main aim was to give power to the local leaders as well as social planners to identify potential areas of development and both central government and NGO have to assist them in funding. The study revealed that decentralization of project design had a strong support and impact on the poverty reduction, through giving authority to design their projects. Using a purposive sampling method the researcher selected the most informed category of respondents to answer questionnaire and interview, the observation method was also used. Both qualitative and quantitative was used to collect and analyze data and was presented in form of tables. The study population was ( 370 respondents) that is to say, local leaders, most educated people, social planners and few local people in Kagoma parish. The findings established that a good number of community members know the decentralization policy although their knowledge regarding its operations is quite limited. For instance, monitoring and evaluation of projects has been done on a minimal scale, community involvement has also been rated poorly by the key informants with a notion that they were not well consulted by project managers. They also pointed out that, corruption, nepotism, illiteracy and lack of skills on the part of implementers, really have led to weak the promotion of transparency and accountability. Among the recommended suggestions were that it is necessary to inform community members on the monitoring and evaluation role and how they should demand for accountability. The politicians, implementers, planners and managers must stay at a distanced from local funds Again proper and popular methods of project identification and design must be adopt
A research thesis submitted to the school of postgraduate studies in partial fulfillment of requirement for the a ward of the Degree of Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management of Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda
Decentralization, project design, poverty reduction, Jinja district