Bernard Kiongera Kamau, Dr. Jane Queen Omwenga, Dr. Bernard Lango


Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between stakeholder involvement and implementation of donor funded agricultural projects in Kenya. The study was guided by three key theories: Suchman's Program Theory and Koskela & Howell's Management Theory of Project Management.

Methodology: The study employed a descriptive research design utilizing questionnaires as the primary data collection method, emphasizing a positivism philosophy grounded in quantifiable observations and statistical analysis. The target population encompassed various roles within donor-funded agricultural projects, totaling 383 individuals, with a sample size of 196 determined through simple random sampling. Reliability was assessed through a pilot test, utilizing Cronbach's Alpha, and statistical techniques were employed for data analysis, including descriptive statistics, multiple regression analysis, and statistical tests such as ANOVA. The study tested hypotheses related to the influence of stakeholder involvement on project implementation, as well as the moderating effect of the project environment.

Findings: The study identified a substantial positive influence of stakeholder involvement on the implementation of donor-funded agricultural projects in Kenya, as stakeholder engagement explained an impressive 72.1% of the variability in project outcomes (R² = 0.721, F(1, 155) = 400.919, p < 0.001). Furthermore, the research demonstrated the moderating effect of the project environment on this relationship, emphasizing the significance of factors such as political stability, government policies, and resource availability (R² change = 0.002, p = 0.024). In conclusion, the study emphasizes the crucial role of stakeholder involvement in the implementation of donor-funded agricultural projects in Kenya. The findings reveal a substantial positive correlation, indicating that active engagement with stakeholders significantly contributes to project success. Additionally, the moderating influence of the project environment underscores the diverse factors impacting successful project execution in the agricultural sector.

Recommendations: Based on the study findings, it is recommended that organizations and project managers prioritize and enhance stakeholder involvement strategies to ensure the successful implementation of donor-funded agricultural projects. This involves fostering transparent communication, conducting regular formal meetings, and addressing stakeholder concerns effectively.

Key words: Stakeholder involvement, Implementation, Donor-funded projects, Agricultural sector, Project success.

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