PROJECT PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CASH TRANSFER PROGRAM IN BUNGOMA COUNTY, KENYA
Keywords:Project planning, Cash transfer program, Stakeholder participation, Program funding
This study aimed to examine the impact of project planning on the implementation of the cash transfer program in Bungoma County, Kenya, with a focus on the influence of stakeholder participation on implementation of the cash transfer program in Bungoma County and the influence of program funding on implementation of the cash transfer program in Bungoma Count. The study's target population consisted of National and County Level Cash Transfer Program teams, Beneficiary Welfare Community (BWC) Representatives, Sub- County social protection officers, Payment Service Providers (PSP)-Banks, Local Community Leaders, Community Social Workers, and Program Beneficiaries. The study adopted a disproportionate stratified sampling technique to obtain a sample size of 280 key players in the cash transfer program in Bungoma County. A descriptive design was adopted with the use of primary and secondary data. The study's pilot test involved 28 participants from Kanduyi Sub-County that served as the site for this study's pilot exercise., the sample size for the pilot study was not included in the final survey. The study used SPSS version 26 for data analysis, with results presented in tables and figures. The outcomes of this study contributes to understanding the importance of project planning for implementing cash transfer programs, which can help guide the development of future programs in Bungoma County and other areas. The significant beta value of 0.259 indicates that stakeholder participation has a strong and positive effect on program implementation. A unit increase in stakeholder participation would increase program implementation by 0.240 units, with other factors held constant. The beta coefficient of 0.263 is significant at the 0.003 level and suggests a positive effect on program implementation. This indicates that with every unit increase in program funding, the implementation of the cash transfer program improves by 0.271 units, ceteris paribus.