An Assessment of the effectiveness of World Vision’s Ensure Programme in promoting rural development: A Case of Ward 19 in Buhera district from 2013-2016
Tazviwana, Lisa Anna.
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This study sought to investigate the effectiveness of World Vision`s ENSURE programme on rural development. A case in point was of ward 19 in Buhera district. It also sought to investigate whether the preferred and adopted strategies were effective in combating food insecurity and vulnerability to hunger among the beneficiaries. The target population included programme beneficiaries from the three randomly selected villages in ward 19 namely (Mukorera, Chakanaka and Tarwira), representatives from World Vision, Ward councillor as well as a representative from the Ministry of Women`s Affairs. A descriptive case study design which is a non-experimental research approach was used in this study. Data collection was mainly through semi-structured questionnaire complimented by interviews to beneficiaries and officials. Stratified random sampling was used on the three selected villages from which randomly selected beneficiaries participated. Findings of the study revealed that the ENSURE programme activities have an impact on both job creation and income generation. The study revealed that the NGOs involved in rural community projects should keep on training the beneficiaries, exposing the participants to improved technologies in agriculture to ensure mass production which will increase their income. Results indicated a positive relationship between ENSURE programme activities and the selected facets of rural development with 75% of the beneficiaries indicating to have attested to having confidence in the established projects. Cronbach`s Alpha indicated a strong correlation (0.777) between ENSURE programme and food security. Conclusions drawn indicated that inconsistent participation by some group members limited the success of community projects. Based on the conclusions drawn, the study recommends that NGOs involved in rural development projects to promote technologies that enhance income generation and projects sustainability. The study also recommends that rural communities based producers should be allowed access to adequate markets for their products to ensure sustainability of such strategies.
- Department of Geography