Joan Kawira Kimathi, Dr. Anne-Marie Wairimu Mungai


In Kenya, the Government has developed and implemented policies and enacted laws to protect children. However, thousands are still exposed to violence and abuse, harmful practices, lack of parental care, and sexual exploitation. Children also face specific risks during and after emergencies such as floods, droughts, conflicts, or epidemics. This study therefore sought to investigate the stakeholders’ engagement and performance of national government-funded child welfare projects in Nairobi County, Kenya. Specifically, the study ought to examine the influence of manage stakeholder engagement, and monitor stakeholder engagement on performance of national government-funded child welfare projects in Nairobi County. The study was guided by stakeholders' theory, and theory of project implementation.   This study adopted a descriptive research design. The population targeted for this study was 150 individuals from 6 child welfare projects in Nairobi County, Kenya. The sample size comprised of 15 social workers working in child welfare projects in Nairobi City County which was 10% of the target population. In this study, the questionnaire was  used to gather and study information. Open-ended questions were used to get answers in the response; close-ended questions was also used to get specific answers. The collection of data was  conducted by use of the drop-off and pick-up-later method and the questionnaires were collected after two weeks. This accorded the respondents enough time to answer the questions. Inferential and descriptive statistics were employed for analysis of quantitative data with the assistance of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 25). Descriptive statistics such as frequency distribution, mean (measure of dispersion), standard deviation, and percentages were used. Inferential data analysis were conducted by use of Pearson correlation coefficient, and multiple regression analysis. Findings show that a strong  significant relationship between manage stakeholder engagement and project performance    (r=0.593, p=0.000), and a moderate  significant relationship between monitor stakeholder engagement  and  project performance  (r=0.317, p=0.000).  The recommendations are; project managers should formulate strategies on how to keep stakeholders motivated during the tenure of the project, and project managers should adopt effective methods to monitor stakeholder engagement in the projects.

Key Words: Stakeholders’ Engagement, Manage Stakeholder Engagement, Monitor Stakeholder Engagement, Performance, National Government-Funded Child Welfare Projects, Nairobi County


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