Influence of community participation in rural community development: A case of community based organizations in Mwingi North constituency, Kenya
Karimi Mutiria Agnes, Gladys Chepkirui Rotich
In rural community development, community participation is a vital element that ensures and speeds the socio-economic transformation of people and rural areas. Although, over the years, community participation has received little attention from the governments in developing countries, NGOs, the United Nations Organization, and the CBOs have actively advocated and supported community participation, especially in development planning and developing poverty alleviation strategies. This study investigates the influence of community participation of CBOs on rural community development in Mwingi North Constituency in Kitui County. The study adopted a mixed-method research design. The target population of this study comprised of 54 registered water CBOs appearing on the CBO register of District Development Officer (DDO), Mwingi North constituency. It adopted stratified random sampling and purposive sampling to include a sample of 327 respondents. The data collection instrument adopted were questionnaire surveys and interviews to acquire quantitative and qualitative data. In the analysis and presentation of data, Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was employed to ascertain reliability that was obtained through the split-half technique. Descriptive statistics in the form of frequencies, percentages, mean, standard deviation and correlation were adopted to analyze quantitative data. Inferential statistics employed simple linear regression to test the strength of the relationship between the variables based on observed data and to predict the value of the dependent variable based on the independent variable. This study established that community participation of CBOs had a significant influence with R=0.549, R2=0.301, β=4.704, t=6.686, F (1,325) = 41.714, p<0.05. These results implied that community participation of CBOs had a positive significant influence on the implementation of rural community development. The study concluded that the role of community participation of CBOs positively influenced the implementation of rural community development in Mwingi North Constituency, Kitui County, Kenya.
Karimi Mutiria Agnes, Gladys Chepkirui Rotich. Influence of community participation in rural community development: A case of community based organizations in Mwingi North constituency, Kenya. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 8, Issue 11, 2021, Pages 50-58