The essence of community participation in development activities in West Nile Region of Uganda: case study Ayivu County in Arua District

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Kampala International University; College of Humanities and Social Science
This research was purposely carried out to assess the impact of lack of participation of the communities in national development programmes or in Jhe development of their own community and provide justification on how community participation should be handled and how the communities should be treated in order for them to participate in national or community development programmes. The study was carried out in Ayivu Sub-Counties of Pajulu and Dadamu in Arua District. The data was collected through questionnaires, Self-Administered Interviews, Focused Group Discussions with the local communities and Government employees in those two Sub-Counties and paying visits to some of community Organized Groups. The data was descriptively presented, analyzed following the objectives and research questions. The analysis was done using tables and graphs and percentages. The general objective of the study was to come up with ways of improving community initiatives and community participation in development activities or in nation building. The research Questions were: 1. What is the impact of lack of community participation in development activities? 2. How do economic hardships contribute to lack of community participations in development activities? 3. What effect do NGOs and Relief aid have on community participation m development activities? The key findings is that because of economic hardships, low level of education and lack of serious responsibilities in terms of marriage among the community will impact negatively on community participations in Development programmes. The final recommendation is that Government and NGOs should introduce some payments or appreciations for participating in community development work instead of making it purely voluntary. Government and NGOs policy should change according to time and situations on the ground.
A dissertation submitted as a partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of the Degree of Bachelor of Development Studies of Kampala International University
Community participation, Development activities, Arua District, Uganda