Kenyan Academic graduates with PhD
“Project Implementation in a Decentralized State: Evaluation of the Constituency Development Fund projects for Food Security in Kenya”, was the title of the thesis of College of Law and Management Studies Doctor of Business Administration graduate, Dr Samuel Mutukaa.
Mutukaa is a Programme Co-ordinator in the Department of Development Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s School of Arts and Social Sciences in Kenya.
His study, supervised by Professor Betty Mubangizi, established that the implementation process of Constituency Development Fund projects was fraught with challenges due to the decentralised nature of implementing these projects. Further, the study established that project administrators perceived food security as being entirely dependent on natural elements such as soil and rainfall when, in reality, much depends on the county administrative and governance processes.
The study recommends that best administrative and governance practices identified in planning, organizing, directing and coordination should be promoted, documented, shared, disseminated and bench-marked for future and similar projects. The study also noted that in a decentralised project, implementation should take cognisance of local factors and not adopt the ‘one size fits’ all approach.
Mutukaa said developing the research proposal was challenging, particularly in contextualizing his arguments in the Public Administration domain, but with the guidance from his supervisor he succeeded.
The online guidance on the development of my research proposal and writing the entire thesis was quite commendable and remarkable. My supervisor used to give comments through track changes which proved to be easier and effective in speeding up the process of working together and completing my thesis in time even though I was, mainly, working from Kenya – Dr Mutukaa added.
He was very grateful to Professor Mubangizi for her professional knowledge and skills. ‘It is through her continued support and guidance that I was able to write and complete my DPA thesis in time, actually within three years. Thank you so much Prof and I would recommend that anyone interested in doing a doctorate should consider UKZN as their university of choice.’