Participatory Community-Based Management Information System: The Rural Enterprises Project in Perspective

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Author(s) Antwi, P. K. | Nyame, G. | Boateng, F. O.
Pages 869-878
Volume 2
Issue 12
Date December, 2013
Keywords Rural Enterprises Project (REP), Micro and Small-scale Enterprises (MSE), technology transfer, poverty, Graduated Colour Evaluation (GRACE), Rural MSE Growth (RUMSEG) and Enterprise Monitoring Diary

Rural Enterprises Project (REP) is an integrated Micro and Small-scale Enterprise (MSE) development package aimed at involving beneficiary communities in monitoring and evaluating interventions supported by the district assemblies so as to make local people own and sustain these projects. This paper assesses the mediating role of a Participatory Community-Based Management Information System (PCBMIS) for the management of rural enterprises project in the context of assisting both project management and clients to monitor and evaluate business growth performance. The Asuogyaman District Assembly (ADA) was purposively selected for the study because it is a participating project district of the Rural Enterprises Project in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This permitted an assessment of the rural entrepreneurial poor as both object of poverty and agent of poverty reduction. 115 survey questionnaires were sent to REP clients and District Assembly staff. A sample size of 106 was used, given a margin of error of 7% and a population size of 219. The PCBMIS was used and this constituted software tools such as the Graduated Colour Evaluation (GRACE), the Rural MSE Growth (RUMSEG) application, and Geographic Information System (GIS). The study established that there was low level stakeholder participation in REP monitoring and evaluation activities, resulting from lack of a computer-based mechanism for generating adequate data for effective policy direction on growth performances of rural micro enterprises, and hence a negative effect on revenue mobilization. Thus, the PCBMIS is a recommended tool to support the planning and control functions of all stakeholders involved in rural micro enterprises project.

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