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Title:An Assessment of the Level of Community Participation and Localization of Decision-Making in Donor-Funded Projects in Zimbabwe
Authors:Mundau, Mulwaini
Tanga, Pius TangweISNI
Periodical:Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (ISSN 1569-1500)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:community participation
popular participation
aid agencies
Abstract:The aim of this paper was to assess the level of community participation and the localization of decision-making with regards to foreign donor funded projects in Zimbabwe. The participatory approach was the theoretical framework that was adopted for the research paper. The primary data were collected from a survey of 52 project members who were from two local NGOs that were randomly selected from Chiredzi District, located in the South Eastern low veld of Zimbabwe. The findings show that there was partial to no involvement of the project members in various phases of the project cycle. Furthermore, there were consultations with the local leadership, but not during the assessment phase of the project. The authors conclude there is need for community involvement in decision making, project ownership, and clear lines of communication with the NGOs, among others.