Challenges influencing implemenation of Constituency Development Funded Projects: a case of Nyeri town constituency, Kenya
This study investigated challenges influencing implementation of Constituency Development Funded projects a case of Nyeri Town Constituency,Kenya. This study has been founded on sequential theory of decentralization as advocated by Tulia G Falleti which is proposed to have three main characteristics: (1) It defines decentralization as a process; (2) It takes into account the territorial interests of bargaining actors; and (3) by incorporating policy feedback effects, it provides a dynamic account of institutional evolution. Kenya has had a number of decentralized programmes most of which have been geared towards fighting rampant poverty, diseases and illiteracy among its citizens. Of all the decentralized programmes initiated in Kenya, Constituency Development Fund is amongst the recent most popular with the largest participation of the citizens at the grassroots. Since its inception in 2003/04 many development projects have been initiated through the programme and are at various levels of completion and utilization. The objectives that guided this study were: to examine the extent to which funding of Constituency Development Funded projects influence the implementation of Constituency Development Fund projects in Nyeri Town Constituency, to assess the extent to which skills of Project Management Committees influence implementation of Constituency Development Fund projects in Nyeri Town Constituency, to explore the extent to which consultation with technical personnel influence the implementation of Constituency Development Fund projects in Nyeri Town Constituency. The justification of this study is based on the premise that, decentralized programmes initiated in Kenya have had short comings in their implementation and therefore there exists a need to study the challenges faced in implementation of projects in decentralized programmes, Descriptive survey design has been used for the study with the target population being all CDF funded projects in Nyeri Town Constituency. Secondary as well as primary sources of data were used for the study and summarized using descriptive statistics. The analysis of the data was done using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS). The findings of the study were that, there are challenges in the implementation of CDF programme which are associated with project funding, project management skills as well as availability of technical personnel required to guide in the implementation of the CDF programme. It is therefore recommended that, CDFCs should embrace funding projects fully and adequately, ensure that those appointed to implement CDF projects have adequate training by appointment of people already trained in project management as well as conducting specific tailor made training on CDF project implementation. Experience in project management should also be a key consideration prior to being appointed to implement a project. On the policy front, the government should ensure that, there is employment of adequate technical staff with the right skills in each constituency, and the CDF Act should be reviewed to specifically state the level of experience allowable for one to be appointed to implement a CDF project. It would also be important for the CDF board to vet allocations of funds by CDFCs to projects so as to ensure that projects are adequately funded to completion. These recommendations if enforced would ensure that the CDF programme bears maximum results towards improving the lives of the intended beneficiaries hence positively contributing towards the well being of the whole nation. Areas of further research suggested from the study are; a study on 'The levels of participation of beneficiaries in the implementation of Constituency Development Funded Projects in the constituency' and, a study on 'Factors Affecting the Involvement of Women in the Implementation of Constituency Development Funded Projects in the Constituency'.