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International Journal Of Rural Development, Environment And Health Research(IJREH)

Key Drivers in Sustainable Community Water Projects: Lessons from Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya

Michael Chesire , Joram Kareithi , Jamin Masinde

International Journal of Rural Development, Environment and Health Research(IJREH), Vol-2,Issue-2, March - April 2018, Pages 30-38, 10.22161/ijreh.2.2.4

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Debate about sustainable development can be traced to the Rio Summit on environment and development where emphasis was placed on empowering local communities to take charge of their own development. Sustainable development advocates for inclusiveness of all in development especially the local community. Participation of stakeholders in any development endeavour guarantees delivery of project benefits to intended users. The recent transition from MDGs to SDGs with a focus on communities clearly demonstrates the relevance of community participation in projects. This paper assesses the significance of various drivers in community led water projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet County. The paper examines different drivers at play in a typical community led water project and assesses how such drivers contribute to project sustainability. The paper concludes that for successful water project implementation, key project drivers should be strengthened by all participating actors.

Community, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Key drivers, Sustainability, Water projects.

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