Local community participation and sustainability of projects in selected non-governmental organizations in Mogadishu, Somalia

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Project sustainability is a major challenge in Somalia. Large number of projects implemented at huge costs often tends to experience difficulties with sustainability. The study was guided by the following objectives; to determine the involvement of the local community, their capacities and abilities to handle responsibility for project sustainability, whether the current project delivery systems for the non-governmental organizations enhances sustainability of projects and highlight the effect that organization’s sustainability strategy on the process of sustainability of projects. Descriptive research method was used for collecting information about the study. The study indicated that the communities were involved mostly at the project brief and handing over stage the community has a feeling of that they do not have enough influence for their development projects. Also the study found that the current project delivery systems for the non-governmental organizations do not enhance sustainability of projects. In conclusion the study discovered community participation and adoption of participative delivery system of projects was evidently an important factor in the success of sustainability of projects. The study recommended based on the findings; involving communities in decision making should be adopted; it will leads to better decisions being made, which are appropriate and more likely to be sustainable. To allow communities to articulate and priorities their needs to enable the organizations to target the most advantage able need for the community.
A Thesis Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management
Local community participation, Sustainability of projects, Non-governmental organizations