Determinants of Youth-Owned Companies Participation in Public Procurement Projects In Jericho County, Kenya

Show simple item record Wanjiru, Jacqueline N. 2018-06-18T07:57:40Z 2018-06-18T07:57:40Z 2018-06-18
dc.identifier.citation WANJIRU2018 en_US
dc.description Degree in Master of Procurement and Contract Management en_US
dc.description.abstract The government of Kenya through theYouth Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (YAGPO) initiative sought to improve inclusivity in public procurement by reserving 30% procurement opportunities reserved for disadvantagedgroups of which the youth form a substation part. However, this initiative has not achieved the expected results as the tender uptakes among the youth are still very low. Therefore, the present study sought to examine the determinants of youth participation in public procurement projects in Kenyafocusing on youth owned firms in Kericho County. Specifically, it sought to determine how bidding knowledge, business profiles and tender evaluation process affects the participation of youth enterprises in public procurement projects in Kericho County. The study was guided by the Institutional Theory and theMc Mullen – Shepherd Model and the Public Interest Theory of Regulation. Survey research design was adopted for the study targeting the procurement personnel in Kericho County. A sample size of 70 respondents obtained using stratified random sampling was used. Self-administered questionnaires were used as data collecting instruments. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics (mainly frequencies, percentages and Chi-squares) and inferential statistics, mainly Pearson product moment correlation and multiple linear regression analysis. The findings revealed that bidding knowledge of youth-owned companies’ in the area was still unsatisfactory and this negatively affected their participation of in public procurement projects. It was also revealed that the business profiles of the youth-owned companies were important in determining their public procurement contract awards. Finally, was revealed that the tender evaluation process was the most important determinant affecting the participation of youth-owned companies’ in public procurement projects in the County. The study, therefore, recommended that the youth owned companies invest their resources studying and participating in public procurement in order to gain insight and experience into their workings. It is also recommended that the youth-owned companies form consortiums when bidding so as to increase their chances of being awarded tenders. Lastly, the County governments need to encourage youth-owned companies to participate in the tender opening process and be given access to the results of the bidding process so as to enable them understand the prequalification criteria for the public tenders. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Dr. Daniel, M. Wanyoike JKUAT, Kenya en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher JKUAT en_US
dc.subject Access to Government Procurement Opportunities en_US
dc.title Determinants of Youth-Owned Companies Participation in Public Procurement Projects In Jericho County, Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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