Assessment of effect of international finance facility for the development of rural infrastructure and community service: a case of Millennium Development Authority in the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipality in Ashanti Region
This study was carried out to assess the effects of MiDA’s rural infrastructure and community service intervention on rural development in the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipality. Primary data were obtained through a questionnaire survey of 144 selected household heads from four communities namely Kasei, Kobriti, Aframso and Hiawoanwo. These communities were purposively selected because of the presence of rural infrastructure provided by MiDA. The data were analysed with descriptive statistics tools in SPSS. Analysis of the data revealed that the contributions of MiDA in the communities have been the provision of educational, water and warehouse facilities. As an effect, the respondents indicated an improved school participatory rate and increased access to potable water in the communities. However, it was found that the warehouse facility has not been used frequently as most farmers rate the service charges as expensive. From the analysis, it was found that while majority of the respondents did not participate towards the provision of the facilities, others participated at various levels including project identification and implementation. With regard to the maintenance and repair of the provided facilities, majority of the respondents indicated no knowledge of either a maintenance fund or a locally trained technician for repair works. Furthermore, most of the respondents attributed management of the educational facilities to the local assembly while management of the water and warehouse facilities were attributed to private caretakers. Most respondents raised concerns such as lack of prioritisation of needs, poor siting of facilities, mismanagement and high service cost as issues they believe do not go well with the interventions of MiDA. The study concludes that beneficiaries of such interventions will benefit more from such interventions if they participate fully to ensure that their pressing needs are provided. Therefore, the study recommends for more local participation in rural development interventions.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Development Policy and Planning, 2015