International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Critical Success Factors in the Implementation of Donor Funded Projects in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya
Danson Kimathi Gilbert, Rosemary James (PhD)

Donor supported projects play a very important role towards the development of the lower parts of Tharaka-Nithi County, one of the Kenya’s marginalized areas. For several decades now, they have relentlessly supported mainly the poor in the County by providing better health care, water and sanitation, shelter, education, environmental care, income generating activities among others. Despite these invaluable functions donor funded projects continue to play, there exists numerous unmet expectations among them as well as pre-mature project termination wasting a lot of resources. Minimal outcomes have been realized in the county which prompted this study that sought to explore the critical factors in the implementation of donor funded projects. Specifically, the study investigated the effect of stakeholder involvement, financing, monitoring and evaluation and technology on the implementation of donor supported projects. This study employed a descriptive research design targeting 34 donor funded projects operating in the county. A total of 102 project staff formed the key respondents for the study. Data was gathered by use of a semi- structured questionnaire. Data analysis encompassed both qualitative and quantitative techniques. SPSS 20 aided in generating descriptive statistics while data was presented using tables. To determine the relationship in the study variables, correlation and regression analysis was employed. The study established a positive effect of stakeholder involvement, financing, Monitoring and Evaluation and Technology on implementation of donor funded projects in Tharaka Nithi County. The study recommends the promotion of stakeholder involvement by donors and sponsoring organization, enhanced financing through resource mobilization and continuous use of monitoring and evaluation. The study further recommends a boost in technology through internet andup-to-date software in project implementation.

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