Community participation in management of Ramogi Sacred Hill
This project report presents the findings of a study on community participation in the management of Ramogi sacred hill in Usigu Division of Bondo District in Western Kenya. The main objective of the study was to assess community participation and analyze their role in the management of cultural heritage. The study also aimed at identifying the traditional methods, which are utilized in the management of Ramogi sacred hill and describe community perceptions towards the current management responsibility of the site by the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), and how it has influenced the conservation of the site. The study was carried out among the residents of Ramogi location, dominantly inhabited by the Luo. Data were collected using the survey methods, key informants, focus group discussions, observation method, and the use of secondary data. Qualitative methods of data analysis were used. Descriptive statistical methods were also used to analyze various variables on the management and conservation of Ramogi sacred hill. The findings from the study show that the local community· feels that they have been alienated from the mainstream activities concerning the management of Ramogi sacred hill. They feel they are not benefiting from the resources as it used to be before the management of the hill was taken over by the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). Given the wealth of relevant indigenous knowledge held by the local members of the community, the study recommends that the local community be involved in the management of the site and its natural resources.