Factors influencing Information and Communication Technologies' development in Kasipul-Kabondo Constituency, Homa-Bay County, Kenya
The study endeavoured to understand the factors influencing ICT development in Kasipul Kabondo Constituency, Homa Bay County, Kenya The main purpose was to identify factors affecting ICf development in institutions, health centres and service provides of ICT which are key resultant area in socio- economic development. It was identified that majority of Kabondo fanners have not fully utilized ICT in agricultural activities including timely planning, use of botanical pesticides and convectional chemical. The study was out to' achieve the following objectives ; to establish the extent to which economic factors influence ICT development, to explore the extent to which socio- cultural factors influence ICT development, to access the extent to which personnel influence leT development ,to examine the extent to which power supply influence ICT development and to establish the extent to which institutional factors influence ICT development in Kasipul Kabondo Constituency Homa Bay County, Kenya . The study findings are hoped to be beneficial to the government of Kenya for policy formulation, entrepreneurs in identifying business opportunities and interested bodies or group such as NGOs and other financiers of ler programme . The study was based on the system theory by L. Von Beralanffy on how human body system relate to one another . The conceptual frame work also gives an illustration on how dependent variable relates to the independent variables and moderating variables. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The study targeted total population of 97 ICT users. A sample of 85 was taken from the population randomly. Probability technique was used as research techniques .The research instruments were structured questionnaires and interview schedules. Content validity was ascertained through expert judgment while reliability was established through the split - half method and test retest method. Questimmaires was conducted, the interview was also carried out at the same time. Data collected was analyzed using frequencies and percentages to answer research questions. The finding revealed the significant relationship between factors influencing information and communication technologies' development and socio- economic development. Data analysis, presentation and interpretation were done through the use of tables after collecting the data from the field. The study included analysis of the data, presentation, interpretation, discussion, recommendation, conclusion and further research studies. Majority of respondents agreed that cost of ICf tools, socio- cultural factors, ICT personnel, power supply and institutional factors influence ICT development in Kasipul Kabondo constituency, Homa Bay County, Kenya. On conclusion it was realized that ICT is important for both teachers and students to enhance curriculum implementation in various schools through teaching and learning of ICT tools and equipment On recommendation, the government should subsidize the ICT investments, attitude and perception about ICT should be addressed by policy makers of ICT. training of ICT personnel is necessary for ICT development. The government should provide electricity in remote areas to accelerate ICT development and clear institutional policies should be given the first priority. Further research should be carried on the same topic, factors influencing ICT development. Traditional teaching and learning in society should be investigated. Religious factors are of essence in ICT development and political leadership and its impact on ICT development in the society should be investigated further.