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    Examining the Social Economic Strategies That Influence Organizational Sustainability of Community Development Programs: A Case of Good Shepherd Programs, Meru County, Kenya
    (Tangaza University College, 2023-10-10) Murungi Teresia Kathure
    Community Development Projects (CDPs) represent an important role in supporting communities to address their immediate social economic problems. However, most of these projects collapse as soon as their prominent donors withdraw. This study intended to establish reasons for project failure and subsequent lack of sustainability. The principal objective of this study was to examine social economic strategies that influence the sustainability of community development projects in Meru County, Kenya, with specific reference to Good Shepherd Programs. The research was anchored on stakeholder theory supported by systems theory. The study used a mixed-method research design. A convergent parallel mixed approach was used to combine qualitative and quantitative data to deliver a comprehensive examination of the research problem. A population of 63 program staff, 4 program directors and 4 parent mentors groups (FGDs) were used to provide the data. For qualitative survey, the 4 Sub-counties formed the sampling frame with each sub-county having one Focused Group discussion (FGD). Eight parent mentors were picked through snowballing where the first identified parents’ mentor randomly picked from each sub-county helped to identify the next 7 other parents’ mentors based on their availability to take part in the FGDs. However, the research relied heavily on quantitative techniques through questionnaires. Purposive, census, and snowball sampling were used to select the study participants. Data analysis was done using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21 through descriptive and thematic analysis. Data from interviews was organized into themes and presented in narrative form and direct quotes. Descriptive statistics generated in the form of frequencies and percentages were used to summarize the quantitative data and presented in frequency distribution tables. The study concluded that there were numerous organizational strategies affecting sustainability of Good Shepherd Programs in Meru County. These ranged from staff involvement, program planning, communication, strategic plans implementation to stakeholder engagement. Consequently, this study suggests a wide range of proposals aimed at making the Good Shepherd Programs more effective and sustainable. Some of them include informed participation, awareness creation, communal ownership of projects, transformation and visionary leadership, development ofstaff capacities, transparent and accurate financial accountability, and elimination of dependency on donor support
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    (Tangaza University College, 2023-10-02) Mose Rodah Bonaneri
    This study investigated the ethical factors affecting employee response to change with a focus on Faith based Health Organizations. The following objectives guided the study; 1) To investigate how ethical leadership, affect employee response to change. 2) To explore how employee ethical attitudes, affect employee response to change. 3) To investigate how ethical organizational culture, affect employee response to change. The study was anchored on two theories namely, utilitarianism and virtue ethics. The study adopted a phenomenological qualitative research design and face-to-face in-depth interviews to collect data from 24 respondents in Faith-based Health Organizations. The responses were analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings revealed that employees may accept or resist changes depending on the ethicality of leadership, employee attitudes, and/or organizational culture. Employee response to change was found to be affected by factors like the leader's character and values, the employees' own personal values, and the organization's overall ethical culture.
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    (Tangaza University College, 2023-10-02) MUMBUA, KALULI STELLAMARIES
    This study explains how good governance systems influence service delivery in Tudor Ward, Mombasa County. The problem facing devolved governance is how to deliver quality services in accordance with the constitutional stipulations and therewith public obligation. In Kenya, different policies are constitutively designed to ensure public services reach intended citizens. However, this is not the case, hence the question: Why do government institutions fail to deliver required services to citizens in accordance with the constitutional stipulations meant for rustic agencies, and local community needs? The objectives of the study was to describe the status of governance systems on service delivery in Tudor Ward; to identify issues of transparency in public service delivery; to illustrate how internal controls influence service delivery, and also to establish workable strategies for quality public service delivery in Mombasa County. The research focused on Systems and Good Governance theories. The researcher employed sequential explanatory mixed design to collect data. A workable sample of 170 was picked from a population of 1925. The research sample was derived in accordance with the Survey Monkey (2022) formula. A first-hand data sources, besides secondary sources of actualities were used to extract the relevant information on the governance systems and its influence on service delivery. Field research data was evaluated within the modules of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21. The research data were subjected to descriptive and thematic analyses. From the study findings, a number of services were being acknowledged by the local citizens. However, for transformative performance notable points of concern as regards to potentiality of the county government in collaboration with local citizens to quality service delivery need to be addressed.Thus, fairness and quality public service delivery, Lead time for public services, Public information and citizens’ accessibility to necessary information among others.It is envisaged that the research findings will be of help to policy-makers in formulating suitable policies that would improve of the quality of public facilities management for the citizens of Mombasa County. The study findings may also add new insights onto the general knowledge as regards to public service delivery. A number of policy dimensions (appropriate strategies) have been unearthed as pertinent to improving services for humanity by the county governments in Kenya. The different policy dimensions include county leaders’ accountability to members of the local community, local communities’’ participation in decision making, service option for the poor. The research recommends further investigation on how county leaders can leverage technical functionalities, clarity on constitutional rights, and limited public knowledge of the expertise
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    Effects of Climate Change on Women's Socio-Economic Development in Mwea East Sub-County, Kirinyaga County, Kenya
    (Tangaza University College, 2023-10-02) Mwai, Eva
    Climate change has had adverse impacts on people’s lives and the economies of nations across the globe. This research examined effects of climate change on socio-economic development of women in Mwea East sub County, Kirinyaga County. The study was conducted in Ngucwi sub Location, Murinduko Ward, Mwea East sub County, Kirinyaga County. The study explored how climate change events continue to threaten food security, health and income levels among women. The study used descriptive research design and integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches. The researcher used purposive sampling to select Mwea East sub County in Kirinyaga County which has experienced frequency and severity of climate change events of drought. Cluster sampling was used to divide the sample among the different villages. Systematic random sampling was used to select households in each village. Out of the population of 38,734 women of ages 18 years to 69 years; a sample size of 449 was calculated. A semi-structured questionnaire was also used to collect data. Additionally, key informant interviews and focus group discussions were used to gather qualitative information. Quantitative data from questionnaires was analysed using descriptive statistics and regression analysis while thematic and content analysis was used to analyse qualitative data. The study found that climate change was negatively related to food security, a relationship which was statistically significant. The study further found that climate change had a positive relationship with women's health issues but this was insignificant. However, climate change was found to be negatively and significantly related to women’s income. The study findings may provide policy and decision-makers with useful information to guide the design of appropriate social-economic programmes to protect women from the adverse effects of climate change. The study recommends ways in which women in Mwea East sub County can participate more actively in mitigation and adaptation programmes of climate change effects.
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    (Tangaza University College, 2023-10-02) ALEX O. SECONDO, ISONGA
    This study set out to examine the financial sustainability preparedness of Vincentian Charitable Programmes (VCPs) in Nairobi County, Kenya in the light of Covid-19 pandemic. The specific objectives that guided the research were to: examine the effects of Covid-19 Pandemic on the financial sustainability of VCPs, assess the financial sustainability preparedness strategies of VCPs, and identify financial sustainability strategies to be put in place towards financial sustainability of Vincentian charitable programmes in Nairobi County. The study was anchored on resource mobilization theory. The study adopted an embedded mixed research design. The population of the study comprised of 146 main and subordinate staff, managers (CEO), and directors from three identified Vincentian charitable organizations in Nairobi. Census techniques was used since the population of study was small. The data collection tools included the use of questionnaires, interviews and observation. Quantitative data was collected and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics through the use of SPSS (Version 25). Qualitative data was analyzed by coding key words and phrases generating key themes. These enabled the researcher to do narrative descriptions following the study objectives. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was utilized to establish the relationship that existed among the variables. Key findings showed that COVID-19 affected the VCPs both positively and negatively. However, negative effects outweighed the positive ones. Positively, the VCPs grew its digital capacity, new ways of doing things, organizations learning, staff side-hustling, environmental safety and hygiene improvement. Negative effects included: VCPs documented loss of lives and livelihoods of beneficiaries, expensive administration and running cost, interrupted donations, and job instability among staff. The COVID-19 pandemic, above all, negatively affected effectiveness of financial sustainability preparedness of the Vincentian charitable programs in Nairobi County. The study therefore, recommends VCPs organizations to take government as a local partner in responding to challenges, collaborations among Church-Based organizations, establish income generation business, borrow from local entrepreneurs, and include staff in decisions of the organizations.