Monitoring and evaluation tenets on performance of Environmental projects: a case of national environment trust Fund, Nairobi County, Kenya.
Cheboi, Kipmaiyo Andrew
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Implementation of projects is one of the best ways of taking up business strategic changes. Conversely, projects, particularly those implemented by the State-Owned Entities have not performed as expected mainly because of weaknesses in monitoring and evaluation. Monitoring and evaluation are processes that are key components of project success as they gauge execution as well as assess the impact of the project. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of monitoring and evaluation tenets on the performance of environmental projects implemented by NETFUND, Kenya. More significantly, given that NETFUND was created to implement environmental projects aimed at promoting green growth whilst addressing climate change impacts. A review of literature shows gaps in studies on the performance of projects at state owned entities more so on environmental projects. This study was guided by three objectives; to determine how resource allocation on monitoring and evaluation influences performance of environmental projects; to establish the extent to which monitoring and evaluation staff expertise influences performance of environmental projects, to establish the extent to which monitoring and evaluation tools influence performance of environmental projects in NETFUND Nairobi, Kenya. The study research design used mixed research techniques such as quantitative and qualitative methods using a sample of 103 respondents from the total population of 139 staff working in environmental projects NETFUND. Structured and open-ended questionnaires were the main data collection tools for collecting quantitative data whereas qualitative data was collected using interview guides. The data was analyzed by use of SPSS software version 25 and the results of the data were presented in tables and figures. The findings of the study were that sufficient resource allocation, staff expertise and M&E tools had significant influence on the performance of environmental projects implemented by the National Environment Trust Fund. The study was thus in agreement with previous studies regarding the influence of M&E tenets on the performance of projects. The study is likely to help State- Owned Agencies in designing robust M&E systems that will support project performance. The study further recommends that NETFUND should involve all the stakeholders in designing M&E systems in project implementation to improve the performance of environmental projects in Kenya.
Africa Nazarene University