Citizens’ Participation and Project Implementation.

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Kampala International University
This study was set to assess the effects of citizens’ participation on success of development projects in Mogadishu, Somalia, A case study of Bakara Upgrading Market Project in Mogadishu, Somalia. The following research objectives were used, to establish the effects of citizen self-mobilization on development projects in Mogadishu Somalia, to examine the effects of citizen monitoring on development projects in Mogadishu Somalia and to establish the effect of citizen decision making on development projects in Mogadishu Somalia. This study was premised on the ladders’ participation model by Hart’s Ladder and Shier’s Pathways (1969). The study also employed the cross-sectional research design which involves collecting information from the entire study population of people living in Mogadishu at a single point of time. The population of the study in this research was comprised of 375 people. However from this population sample of 194 respondents was arrived by using Slovene’s formula. The study also employed the questionnaire and the interview guide has the main source of data collection. The findings reveal citizens’ participation in projects used was generally rated as low and this was indicated by the overall mean of 2.484, SD=1.089 and this critically implies that the citizens’ participation in development projects was low, this signal to the low level of people involvement in the decisions making, mobilization and monitoring and evaluation of the projects. Even though the effect may have been rather weak, its significance was undisputable. However regarding the results the study conclude that the citizens’ participation in development projects was low, The citizen is not mobilized in the projects, decisions are taken without citizen notice and monitoring and evaluation is not properly established. The study concludes that citizens’ participation need enhancement. Thus from the study findings and conclusion made the study recommended that there is need to involve the citizen to greater extent, much more sensitization and awareness to other stakeholder is needed so that in their collaboration they set objectives could be attained on time. The study recommended leaders at local levels to ensure that agenda of the meeting must originate from the grass-roots level and get discussed collectively in order to reduce resistance during implementation. In order to increase degree of trust to citizens to local representatives, the government officials must carry out all actions fair to all beneficiaries and avoid mistrust and political party’s difference.
A Research Dissertation Submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Award of a Master of arts In Project Planning and Management of Kampala International University
Citizens’ Participation, Project Implementation, Bakara Upgrading Market, Mogadishu