Beneficiary's involvement in constituency development fund financed projects: a case of Nyando Constituency, Kenya
Since inception of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in Kenya, it has had major ipositive impact on development at the grassroots, especially in advancing the welfare of the people through community projects. However, concerns about the utilization of funds under this program are ··emerging. Most of the concerns revolve around the issues oflow levels of beneficiary's involvement in the identification; prioritization, implementation and monitoring of projects funded by CDF. This study sought to explore the extent to which the community beneficiaries are involved in the management of CDF projects with a focus on Nyando Constituency in Nyando District, Nyanza Province, Kenya. The study objectives were; to explore the extent to which beneficiaries are involved in the planning of CDF funded projects, to examine the extent to which beneficiaries are involved in the implementation of CDF projects, to determine the extent to which beneficiaries are involved in the ·Monitoring of CDF projects and to explore the strategies that can be undertaken to increase beneficiary's involvement in CDF funded projects. To establish this, the researcher used a descriptive research design because of its rich provision of both quantitative and deep qualitative data. The study sampled 150 households. Questionnaires were the tools that were used to collect data. Analysis of data was done through coding, tabulation, charts, running Chi-Square tests and explanations. The study findings revealed that the extent of beneficiary's involvement in planning of CDF funded projects is low. Further, it found that beneficiary's involvement in the implementation of CDF projects is very low. The study also established that beneficiaries are rarely involved in the monitoring of CDF projects. This study made several recommendations including; Implementation of an Information, Education and Communication strategy, Packaging information in a unique way in order to target different target groups, Strict enforcement of the CDP Act on provisions of project identification, Reducing the role of the MP in selecting the CDF committee, A proper time table for monitoring each and every project and the CDF Board to embrace the potential role which non-state actors can play in M&E. Areas that need further research include; establishing the relationship between the extent of beneficiary's knowledge of CDF laws and their involvement in the prioritization, implementation and M&E of CDF projects; determining the relationship between Beneficiary's access to information and the extent of their involvement in CDF projects.