Influence of donor funding on socio-economic development of the Pokot comunity in Pokot central district, Kenya
Rural development aims at uplifting the socio-economic conditions of rural community. Community donor aided projects through NGOs and faith based organization are growing in Kenya. Today the government, Non-Governmental organization and some churches are receiving donor support to implement community projects. The ELCK North West diocese and cabesi project are beneficiary of such donor assistance. While we appreciate donor assistance there is need to assess the impact of this assistance to the intended beneficiaries. The purpose of the study is to establish the influence of donor funding on socio-economic development of the Pokot community in Pokot Central district. The study was guided by four objectives: to assess the influence of donor education projects funding, to establish the influence of donor health projects funding, to assess the influence of donor agriculture project funding and to establish the influence of donor capacity building funding on socio-economic development of Pokot central. The study utilized a descriptive survey design. The study sample comprised of the staff of CABESI (2) and ELCK North west diocese projects (2), individual and household beneficiaries (384), in the respective areas where projects were implemented. The study also used questionnaires, observation schedule, and content review as well interview guides. The instruments validation exercise was done by the supervisor. The data was analyzed by using SPSS version 17. The study found that donor funding has significant influence on the development of education, health services, food security and capacity building of Pokot central, West Pokot County. Given the slow socio-economic growth in Pokot central, there is need to increase funding from other sources to enhance development. The study recommends that community groups and local NGOs should engage on income generating activities to help them supplement donor support. The county government should partner with donors in providing alternative source of finance to community groups.