Factors influencing access to poverty eradication funds by local communities in Kenya:A case of Yatta District, Machakos County
Poverty eradication fund plays a decisive role in appreciably improving the livelihoods of different households’ and communities’ general socio-economic and political development at which such funds are being administered as a strategy of reducing hunger and extreme poverty affecting many rural and urban poor, mostly in many developing countries. This strategy employed by many developing countries salient to reducing hunger and extreme poverty has been influenced by several factors dictating its impacts in areas where it has been administered. The purpose for this research study was therefore to investigate the factors influencing the access of poverty eradication funds by local communities in Yatta District, Machakos County. The objectives of the study were; to establish the extent to which information flow regarding poverty eradication funds influences the local community’s access to poverty eradication funds, to assess how the performance of investment undertakings by previous beneficiaries of poverty eradication funds influences other potential groups to access such funds, to determine the influence of education level of group members on access to poverty eradication funds in Yatta District and to examine the influence of successful community based organizations in accessing poverty eradication funds in Yatta District. This study used descriptive survey design with the questionnaires as the main research instruments for collecting data. The target population was all the legally registered local community organizations in Yatta District. Simple random sampling was used to select the sample to be included in the collection and analysis. Data was analyzed by both descriptive and inferential statistics. Frequency distribution Tables and analysis of variance Tables were constructed. The findings of the study were that the extent to which information flow regarding poverty eradication funds factually influence the local community’s access to poverty eradication funds, there is a strong positive relationship between beneficiaries and potential groups seeking poverty eradication funds, there is a significant relationship between education level and access to poverty eradication funds and that there is strong positive relationship between community based organizations and access to poverty eradication funds. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher makes the following suggestions for further research; factors affecting the management of poverty eradication funds, factors influencing the investment of poverty eradication funds and the impact of poverty eradication funds on the society development.