Cyprian Kinoti Mmuriungi
PhD student Jomo Kenyatta University, Department of Commerce Economic Studies
Dr. Karanja Ngugi
Kenyatta University, Department of Accounting and Finance
Jomo Kenyatta University, Department of Economic Studies
CITATION: Mmuriungi, K. C., Ngugi. K & Muturi, W. (2015). Influence Of Donor Funded Projects On Social-Economic Welfare Of The Rural Communities In Kenya. European Journal of Business Management, 2 (1), 103-388.
About 70% of the world’s poor live in rural areas that are remote with poor infrastructure, limited services provision and far from the centers of power and decision-making. Though urban poverty is rising, the correlation between poverty and remoteness from urban centers is strong in most countries and it is expected to remain so until at least the second decade of the next. Therefore, the International Development Target of reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty will be achievable if the problem of rural poverty is confronted head-on. In some countries, progress has kept pace with the UN timeline of halving poverty by 2015, but other countries are falling well behind. Rural people are not only isolated from economic opportunities, they also tend to have less access to social services such as health, sanitation and education; for example, it is estimated that around 1 billion rural households in developing countries lack access to safe water supplies. Despite the above, this does not mean that rural areas have been neglected. Donors, in particular, have poured in money, mostly in the form of support mainly in agriculture and natural resources as a way of developing communities. Community development in itself is not a theory on how to develop rural areas but a means and outcome of making development possible at the level of a community. NGOs have become increasingly involved in providing health care, project development and services to people as well as ensuring social welfare. However, no study has been done on effects of donor funded projects on the social-economic welfare of the rural communities in Kenya. The current study aims to bridge this knowledgeable gap. This study is designed to investigate the effects of donor funded projects on the social-economic welfare of the rural communities in Kenya. The study reviewed four variables namely level of project funding, management practices, capacity building and stakeholder involvement. The study adopted a descriptive research design. The study population was made up of 317 respondents from general public who are beneficiaries of the Rural Electrification. Data was gathered through self administered questionnaires.
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