Article : Influence Of Stakeholder Participation In Monitoring And Evaluation During Project Design On The Performance Of Fish Farming Projects In Kenya

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Influence Of Stakeholder Participation In Monitoring And Evaluation During Project Design On The Performance Of Fish Farming Projects In Kenya

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Paul K. Mburu, Lydiah N. Wambugu, Stephen W. Luketero

The global economic crisis of 2008 is the worst financial crisis and has been manifested in unemployment, poverty and food insecurity. To alleviate this, the world economies including Kenya, invested in fish farming projects with stakeholder participation during project design as a key practice. This study, therefore, sought to establish the influence of stakeholder participation during project design on the performance of fish farming projects in Kenya, a case of Economic Fish farming projects Nyeri County. This study adopted a pragmatic research paradigm for a mixed research method in a concurrent research design. The study targeted all the eight fish farming projects funded by the ESP programme in Nyeri County and the sample size was calculated based on the formula by Yamane (1967) through both probability and non-probability sampling techniques. The sample size is 271 respondents comprising of 247 farmers, 8 project managers and 56 committee members. Structured questionnaires were administered to collect quantitative data from selected farmers, focus group discussions were conducted to collect qualitative data from the constituency project management committee members while interviews were administered to project managers while. The instruments were tested for validity and reliability through the content validity index (CVI=0.833) and the Cronbach Alpha’s internal consistency index (a=0.795) for reliability. Regression models were used to analyse quantitative data while qualitative data was analysed using content analysis. The study found out that the level of stakeholder participation during project design was average (M=3.38.The study established a significant influence of stakeholder participation in M&E during project design (t=14.07, p<0.05) on performance of fish farming projects. The study recommends that fish farming projects should increase the level stakeholder participation in M&E at the project design stage so as ensure better performance of fish farming projects. The study provides a stakeholder participation in M&E model at the project design stage for strengthening the performance of fish farming projects.

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