Determinants of youth participation in CDF development projects: a case of CDF projects in Funyula Constituency
This paper presents the results of a study on the determinants of youth participation in CDF development projects in Funyula constituency. The aim of the study was to evaluate factors that determine rural youths' participation in CDF funded community development projects. Youth constitutes the largest segment of society's population and therefore, youth participation in development projects is crucial because it helps in developing a society where young people grow knowing that they have opportunities and can make positive contribution to society as well as enhancing ownership of projects. The constituency Development Fund was established to address imbalances in regional development brought by partisan politics, as well as encourage participatory approach in development projects. The study was carried out in Funyula constituency of Samia District Western Kenya. The objectives were three fold namely: To establish extend of youth participation in CDF funded projects in Funyula: To determine the specific factors influencing youth participation in CDF projects in Funyula constituency namely demographic factors, Knowledge in project planning, economic factors, political factors and future aspirations of the youths: And to give policy options if any emanating from objectives. The target population of the study comprised of youths with age gro~p of 15 - 35 years, with a population of 27,295 youths. A sampling frame of 100 youths participating in all CDFC funded projects was availed by CDFC office. A systematic sampling technique was employed in the selection of the respondents. The sample size of the study was 51 youths. Data was collected with the aid of structured questionnaires, administered to 51 youths in all the seven locations in constituency. Data collected was analysised using descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation. The study found out that there is some significant relationship between demographic factors, Knowledge in project planning, economic factors, political factors and future aspirations of the youths towards participation in projects. The study recommended enhancing youths' . participations in CDF projects. CDF national board and policy makers need to enforce the CDF act and regulations. The study further suggested that more studies done, to find out other issues related to participation in CDF funded projects.