COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND PROJECT SUCCESS: A CASE STUDY OF MANNYA PROJECT, COTTON ON FOUNDATION UGANDA, KYOTERA RAKAI
MUMARA, JOHN BOSCO
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The purpose of the study was to assess the effect of community participation on the project success of Mannya Project Cotton On Foundation Uganda in Kyotera Rakai. The following objectives guided the study: (1) To find out the effect of community participation in planning on Mannya project success, (2) To examine the effect of community participation in project implementation on Mannya project success and (3) To assess the effect of community participation in monitoring on Mannya project success. A case study design was used where both quantitative and qualitative approaches were adopted. A sample size of 210 respondents participated in the study however the response was 158 respondents representing 75%. The simple random method was used to select staff at project support staff and beneficiaries. Purposive sampling was used to select project managers. Descriptive statistics (frequencies and percentages) were used to determine the distribution of respondents on personal information and on the questions under each of the variables. Inferential statistics (Spearman correlation, coefficient of determination and regression) were used to test the hypotheses. Findings revealed a positive weak relationship (rho= .323) between community participation in planning and Manya project success, a weak positive relationship (rho= .312) between community participation in project implementation and Manya project success, and a weak positive relationship (rho= .337) between community participation in monitoring and Manya project success. Thus, it was concluded that community participation significantly affected project success. It was recommended that management of Mannya project should improve community participation in planning to enhance project success. Management of Mannya project should improve community participation in implementation to enhance project success. Management of Mannya project should improve community participation in monitoring to enhance project success.