EFFECTS ON RURAL ELECTRIFICATION FINANCING WAY LEAVES ACQUISITION AND VANDALISM CHALLENGES ON THE LIVELIHOOD OF RURAL HOUSEHOLDS IN KENYA : A CASE OF NANDI COUNTY KENYA
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to establish the effects on rural electrification financing way leaves acquisition and vandalism challenges on the livelihood of rural households in Nandi County, Kenya.
Methodology: The study adopted a descriptive research design. The target population was 9788 households who were connected to electricity and 2212 households who were not connected to electricity s. A total of 384 respondents were interviewed to help enrich the data gathered. The analysis of data was done through descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: A conclusion is made that rural electrification financing, rural electrification vandalism and rural electrification way leave acquisition have impact on livelihoods in rural households in Nandi County.
Unique contribution to theory, practice and policy: From the study findings, the government should consider subsidizing the connection cost. The government should also link up with donors like World Bank who have already acknowledged through their own studies the need for massive injection of funds to support rural electrification projects. Secondly, project implementers need to build in community participation in their project designs, implementation and other decision-making processes.
Key words: Rural electrification, financing, way leaves acquisition, vandalism, livelihood, rural households, Nandi County
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