The effectiveness of community development projects in poverty alleviation in Rwanda :

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study was carried out on the contributions of community development projects in poverty eradication in Rwanda where Ubudehe local community development project was considered as a case study. It was carried out in the four major provinces of Rwanda and it focused on the local government officials, project management officials and the beneficiaries of the project who are the community members. The major objectives of the study were to find out the roles that were being played by Ubudehe development project in the alleviation of poverty among the rural communities in Rwanda, to examine the challenges that were being experienced by the project and the viable strategies that can be put into place to avert these challenges and bring about success in the management of them project and the alleviation o [poverty. The study targeted different groups of respondents who included the beneficiaries of Ubudehe development project, the project officials and the government officials from the Ministry of Finance Planning and Development (MFPI)) as the study population: it covered all the four provinces of the country and employed a descriptive research design to help the researcher conduct the study fairly. The study found out that Ubudehe project was playing a crucial role in alleviating poverty among the people whereby the project was involved in sensitizing the people on the causes and how to control poverty, providing financial assistance, and monitoring the other development projects so as to improve on the participatory development approaches. the project faced challenges including low financial base, remotel of rural areas, lack of well qualified personnel and government interference into the activities of the project. However. some measures were being put in place to avert these challenges which involved sensitization of communities, developing partnerships with other development projects and hiring of qualified man power from the neighboring countries.
A thesis submitted to the school of post graduate studies and in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management of Kampala International University
community development, projects, poverty alleviation, Rwanda