Managing the implementation of District Assembly Projects. lessons from Atwima Nwabiagya District

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The design and implementation of projects is prompted by socio-economic needs of society. Every project is meant to bring about developmental changes and improvement in the quality of life in society. However, the laxity of management duties could create room for failures and unwanted trend of events in the implementation of projects. It therefore requires conscious efforts to direct and control activities and resources to make the implementation of projects meaningful in society. There has been increasing concern that, most public projects have lapses in implementation and efforts are needed to streamline matters for the realization of maximum satisfaction from the investments on projects. This notion has inspired an assessment of management issues in the implementation of physical projects by the District Assembly with lessons drawn from Atwima Nwabiagya for analysis. The goal of the study was to assess the effectiveness of project execution and propose measures that would improve the management of project implementation in the District for enhanced living conditions. The roles and responsibilities required of various stakeholders to pursue the goal as well as challenges against effective discharge of duties are discussed. The study relied on secondary data gathered from documents and primary data from the field as bases for analysis. The primary data were edited and presented quantitatively in the form of tables, frequencies, percentages and charts. Qualitative analysis was employed to interpret the distribution and implications of the data. The findings of the study indicated the prevalence of bottlenecks such as inadequate funds, low skills of actors, negative attitudes and influences and detractions of nature which militate against the effective discharge of duties in the execution and management of project implementation. In view of the findings, strategies such as provision of skills enhancement training for actors, provision of enough funds and logistics, provision of adequate and good transport facilities and the conduct of regular monitoring and evaluation of project execution are recommended for the resolution of identified problems in order to improve on the execution and management of project implementation in the District.  
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science Development Policy and Planning, 2012