Factors influencing implementation of Constituency Development Fund projects: a case of Lari Constituency-Kenya
This study was aimed at determining how specific factors influence the implementation of CDF projects in Lari constituency. To accomplish this aim, the study focused on four research objectives. First, it set to determine whether improved governance factors have any influence on the implementation of CDF projects in Lari. The study was to also determine how the factors of the identification process of the projects, Monitoring & Evaluation and Expert input influence the implementation of CDF projects in Lari constituency. The study used a sample of 209 people drawn from the intended beneficiaries of the projects funded by Lari CDF in 2007/2008 based on the communities that forwarded proposals for funding and those that received the funds. It adopted descriptive survey design and used simple random sampling technique. The population was stratified based on the sectors upon the various projects' sectors. Data was collected by use of questionnaires.The data was then analyzed by the use of Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) to yield means, and percentages. The results obtained have been presented in the form of tables. The conclusions were that the factors of governance, project identification, monitoring and evaluation and expert input have signiftcant influence on implementation of CDF funded projects in Lari Constituency and that the four factors complement one another in determining the success or failure of a project. The recommendations arising from this study are that community participation in project identification need to be enhanced, Governance practices improved through awareness creation on the legal and regulatory framework governing the operation of CDF among the actors, enhance the level of expert participation in the project cycle and embrace the practice of effective participatory monitoring and evaluation in order to positively influence implementation of projects funded by Constituency development Fund.