An assessment of the effects of party politics on the implementation of community development projects in Malawi: the case of school development projects in TA Kwataine Ntcheu.

Kusapali, Ulemu (2015) An assessment of the effects of party politics on the implementation of community development projects in Malawi: the case of school development projects in TA Kwataine Ntcheu. Masters thesis, University of Bolton.

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Abstract

Public service provision is in most cases handled with loose hands when it comes to the achievement of intended outcomes. This is so because public services are facilitated and or implemented by government departments with the aim of satisfying specific policy demands which are usually not strictly bound by time. Most of such government initiatives are handled as programmes and not projects and their anticipated impact is usually seen beyond a particular government which is in power at that time. These conditions in development implementation have the tendency of giving room to other interested factors that seek promotion to exert influence on development activities. One of the factors that influence development, particularly Community Development is Party politics. The influence of party politics has in recent times emerged as a significant factor in community development since the adoption of multi-party politics in most African countries including Malawi. The influence of party politics in Malawi has drawn the interest of many development conscious Malawians who have at times gone to an extent of comparing development between different regimes belonging to different parties. The main aim of the study was to critically assess the effects of party politics on the implementation of community projects in Malawi with the case reference of school development projects in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kwataine in Ntcheu. School development projects was singled out for the study because it is commonly found in most communities and is one of the development initiatives that most politicians use for campaign promises. Among other findings the study established that most communities believe that government and ruling party business are one and the same thing. This political party influence has resulted in poorly managed community projects which have suffered due to lack of credible community participation, politically motivated project decisions and corrupt practices that are motivated by the desire to achieve political appeasement. Through the use of PESTLE in analysing the findings, this study proposed a range of recommendations that can contribute to the improvement of public community development project implementation in Malawi as well as other African countries. Through this study the author proposes the review of decentralisation efforts through the transformation of all community based development committees.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Electronic version of the dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MSc Project Management awarded by University of Bolton in conjunction with Malawi Institute of Management
Divisions: University of Bolton Theses > Off-campus Division
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 11:11
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 08:15
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1084

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