Influence of lapse in partner funding on project sustainability at the international livestock research institute, Nairobi Kenya
Projects lapses is generally acknowledged as the most common, costly and complex problem encountered in donor funded projects and there is need to understand major delay factors and put appropriate mitigation measures that counter possible delays. This study therefore sought to investigate the influence of lapse in partner funding on project sustainability at the International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi Kenya. This was achieved through investigations on how budgeting, level of funding, funds availability, flow of funds and financial discipline brought about sustainability in partner funded projects. This study was important in identifying and understanding reasons for failure or operation of projects and also influencing the formulation of workable organizational policies and reforms towards enhancement of partner funded projects. This study was grounded on institutional theory, agency theory and financial systems model theory. The research design that was adopted for this study was a descriptive research design. The study targeted 20 Project Managers, 56 Project Coordinators and 15 Heads of Departments in the institution, thus a target population of 91 respondents was involved in implementation of donor funded projects at International Livestock Research Institute. From the above population, a sample of 50% was selected from within each group in proportions that each group bears to the study population. This generated a sample of 46 respondents from whom the study sought information from. The researcher used a questionnaire as the data collection tool to collect views from the respondents on the study. The questionnaire was structured in a way that all relevant information was given. The questionnaire consisted of both open and close ended questions. After data was collected, it was tabulated and analyzed for purpose of clarity, using SPSS version 20 software. Data was presented using tables to make them reader friendly. The study revealed that financial budgeting was influenced by lapses to a greater extent as represented by a 100% response rate. It was further revealed that partner conditions contributed to funds unavailability as represented by a 70% response rate. Flow of funds influenced project sustainability as represented by a 95% response rate. Further 92.5% of the respondents indicated that they involved generally accepted accounting principles and international financial reporting standards. The study found that the flow of funds contributes most to project sustainability followed by level of funding and availability of fund in that order. The study recommends that to enhance sustainability of projects, International Livestock Research Institute should diversify their funding base and avoid dependency on one source of revenue whether internal or external. A balance between internally generated and externally generated revenues is highly recommended. In addition cordial relationships with strategic partners are critical as it can translate to more funding. Finally International Livestock Research Institute should hire competent Finance Managers that are able to manage organizations finances competently and offer appropriate advice to the management on financial matters.