THE INFLUENCE OF PARTICIPATORY COMMUNICATION IN PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY OF CONSTITUENCY DEVELOPMENT FUND IN EMURUA DIKIRR CONSTITUENCY

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ABSTRACT
This study sought to assess the influence of participatory communication in promoting accountability and transparency of Constituency Development Fund in Emurua Dikirr Constituency. The study adopted mixed research approach. The target population of the study was 94,105 residents of Emurua Dikirr Constituency who benefited from Constituency Development Fund. Key informants like the members of the board and the local administrators were also involved in the study. Data was collected from a sample of 100 community members and five key informants. This study was based on primary data collected through questionnaires and interviews. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse quantitative data while qualitative data was presented using narrative method. The study concludes that participatory communication contributes to transparency and accountability of Emurua Dikirr Constituency Development Fund. The study recommends that civic education should be done by leaders to enhance participation in Constituency Development Fund projects. It also recommends that the leadership of Emurua Dikirr should organize forums for different stakeholders to articulate their needs and make collaborative decisions.

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