Determinants of delay on completion of Constituency Development Fund financed classrooms in public schools in Butere Constituency, Kenya
Akhwaba, James K
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The Constituency Development Fund (CDP) is a devolved or decentralized fund which is given to the constituency for the improvement of the livelihoods of those living in the area. The purpose of this study was to investigate determinants of delay in completion of CDP financed classrooms in public schools in Butere Constituency-Kenya. The research objectives were established to assess the influence of CDP management teams' capacity on completion ofCDP financed classrooms in PSB, evaluate the extent to which capacity of Contractors influences completion of CDP financed classrooms in PSB, examine the extent to which procurement process influences completion of CDP financed classrooms in PSB and to explore the extent to which popular participation influences completion of CDP financed classrooms in PSB. A comprehensive literature review was conducted to provide the researcher with background information on causes and effects of delays globally in the construction industry. The study was anchored on theory of constraints which is an overall management philosophy introduced by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt in 1984. In methodology, research design for the study was descriptive design. Target population for the study was 75 CDP financed classrooms in PSB. To select an appropriate sample size, simple random probability sampling without replacement and purposeful non probability sampling were used. Both quantitative and qualitative data and any other information relevant to the study were collected using questionnaire, key informant interviews, and project assessment tool. Analysis of data was done through coding, tabulations, and explanations. SPSS latest version was used to run descriptive analyses. The major ethical issues of concern for this study were informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, anonymity and researcher's responsibility. The study found that constraints in CDP management teams' capacity, capacity of contractors and procurement process contribute to delays in completion of CDP financed classrooms in PSB. The study also found out that Community participation does not contribute to late completion of classrooms. The recommendations for the study were that the criteria of selecting project committee members be merit based with minimum qualification being relevant first degree, CDP contractors should seek to develop technical capacity through bringing on board staff with relevant experience and qualification and through continues capacity building, procurement process should be properly managed with funds being disbursed on time and that community be involved in all stages of the projects and their capacity and awareness enhanced. The study also identified the following areas for further research; Carry out a similar study but consider county administrators as respondents, a study of project management personnel and competency need for CDP construction projects should also be done in order to have a wider view of competencies and personnel attributes that CDP stakeholders have and a research should also be done on determinants of cost overruns in CDP Construction projects.