Jullyane Okello Awino, Dr. Annemarie Wairimu Mungai


The general objective of the study was to examine the effect of stakeholder management on performance of irrigation schemes in Kisumu County, Kenya. The specific objectives were to determine the effect of stakeholder mapping, and stakeholder engagement assessment. This study was guided by the program theory and Resource-Based Theory. The study employed a descriptive research design. The study targeted 5 irrigation schemes in Kisumu County.  The unit of observation was 62 project committee members, 15 block leaders, and 15 counties’ ministry of water, sanitation and irrigation officials. The sample size was determined using census since the study population is less than 200. This study used primary data which was collected using questionnaires. A pilot was collected with 10% of the sample hence 9 people who are actively involved in the management of the irrigation schemes. The study used content and construct validity. Cronbach’s alpha was used to measure reliability of the questionnaires. Content validity index was 0.9100 (94.8%)   proves that validity of the items implying that they are suitable in helping to achieve the study objectives. Construct validity test shows that all constructs were valid since they meet the 0.5 AVE threshold. Reliability test shows that all the items had an acceptable Cronbach’s Alpha scale of more than 0.7 (0.856). Findings show a strong significant relationship between stakeholder mapping and project performance (r=0.520, p=0.000), and a strong significant relationship between stakeholder engagement assessment and project performance (r=0.595, p=0.000). The study recommends that; the project managers should allocate adequate funds for project implementation, the project plan should be outlined clearly to show the work plan and expected timelines for every project phase, and the project managers should make use of innovative monitoring tools to get real time data on the stakeholders engagement and project progress.

Key Words: stakeholder management, stakeholder mapping, stakeholder engagement assessment, Performance, irrigation schemes, Kisumu County

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