Factors influencing implementation of child protection programmes: the case of child protection organizations, Nairobi county, Kenya
Programmes: the case of Child Proteciton Organizations, Nairobi County. The objectives sought to examine the influence of resources (human and financial), partnerships, top management support, project cycle management skills and monitoring and evaluation system on implementation of child protection programmes, among child protection organizations in Nairobi. The study adopted a mixed method approach where both qualitative and quantitative procedures were applied. The target population were 5 child protection organizations in Nairobi County. The study had a sample size of 100 respondents who were selected through census sampling technique. Data collection was carried out using questionnaires and key informant interview guide and focus group discussions. The quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 20) while qualitative data was analyzed using content analysis. From the findings, the analysis concludes that the availability of financial resources has a critical influence on the implementation of Child Protection Programmes. The human resources play an important role in the implementation of Child Protection Programmes. The inter-agency relationships among organizations that deal with Child Protection Programmes were key in facilitating the successful implementation of the Child Protection Programmes. The role of the inter-agency relationships among the CPP organizations is seen through, the agencies relationships providing a platform for discussion of CP issues, open information sharing about the CPP’s, harmonious working relationships among the various organizations and every organization having a well functioning MIS of CPOs. Top management’s support is crucial for the implementation of Child Protection Programmes. PCM training had a significant influence on the implementation of ÇPP’s . In addition, M&E was found to be integral to the implementation of Child Protection Programmes, thorugh which effective M&E of CPPs, organizations are able to determine the level of efficiency and effectiveness in the CPP’s implementation as well as it is able to identify any hurdles that threaten the effective implementation of the CPPs. The study recommends that the child protection organizations in Nairobi County should; seek to adopt best practices in financial resource management, undertake regular on job training of its human resources to enhance the good results in implementation of CPp’s, CPO’s should seek more partnerships with profit making firms and other donors and NGOs to fast-track the implementation of child protection programmes, top management of CPP’s should always offer support to the implementation of child protection programmes through its various decision making processes and CPO’s should adopt monitoring and evaluation framework that would help it monitor the implementation of CPP’s as well as inform on areas that require up scaling.