Assessment of Communities’ Perceptions of the Socio-Economic Sustainability of the Hunger Project’s Aid: a Case of Apau-Wawase Epicenter.

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The study was conducted in Apau-Wawase Epicenter to assess the communities’ perception of the socio-economic sustainability of The Hunger Project’s aid. A total of 150 respondents were selected for the study through cluster random sampling and purposive sampling techniques. Questionnaire and interview were used to gather information from the respondents. The study sets out to find the purpose of the aid from the recipients' point of view, the recipients' view of the sustainability of the projects and their future as self-reliant, challenges faced by NGOs whiles implementing Aid projects in the rural communities and measures for implementing rural community Aid projects successfully. The findings revealed that the purpose of THP’s aid through the Epicenter strategy was to provide the communities with access to basic facilities like health care and also empower the communities to sustainably fight hunger and poverty and become self-reliant. The study further revealed that even though THP continues to support the epicenter with funds, facilitate training seminars and workshops, the opinion of the people of the communities is that the programmes are sustainable and is making them self reliant. The study has revealed that the challenges to the implementation of the THP’s programmes are repayment of the credit facility from the micro credit scheme and the level of education of members of the communities. The study again identified that the programmes were successful mainly due to the active involvement of the members of the communities at every stage and the fact that they considered THP as partners. It is recommended that a phase out plan is made clear to all stakeholders and facility managers’ competences are upgraded to enable them manage the projects professionally. Again, investment advisory services should be given to beneficiaries of the credit facility.
A Thesis submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Commonwealth Executive Masters of Business Administration, September-2012