Perceptions of the beneficiaries regarding income generating projects at Gauteng Department of Social Development : Sedibeng Region.

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dc.contributor.author Kaeane, Innocentia Raisibe
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-25T10:12:13Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-25T10:12:13Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-25T10:12:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7559
dc.description.abstract Income generating projects represent one strategy adopted by the Department of Social Development to alleviate poverty and foster sustainable development. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of beneficiaries of income generating projects regarding these projects and whether the income generating projects run by the Development Centres in the Sedibeng Region, Gauteng Department of Social Development were perceived to be making any impact and were responding to the needs of the poor. The research design for the study could be classified as qualitativedescriptive. A sample of 20 participants was drawn from two Development Centres. The sampling method for the study was partly purposive and partly availability sampling. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews and responses obtained from the interviews were analyzed using descriptive statistics and thematic content analysis. The main findings that emerged from the study were that participants appeared to have a clear understanding of the fact that income generating projects represented a government strategy to fight poverty, create jobs and uplift the standard of living of the poor. However, most participants were dissatisfied with the lack of clearly defined expectations, planning and monitoring on the part of the Department of Social Development. Despite the fact that there were challenges and limitations encountered by beneficiaries during implementation of the projects, the Development Centre was perceived to be an effective service delivery model for alleviating poverty and enhancing the quality of life of beneficiaries. The conclusion drawn was that income generating projects conducted at the two Development Centres seemed to be achieving their aims even though there would seem to be room for improvement in terms of knowledge and skills imparted and participation of beneficiaries in decision-making. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications for Development Centres, the Department of Social Development, social work practice and future research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Social development en_US
dc.subject Developmental social welfare en_US
dc.subject Development centre en_US
dc.subject Poverty alleviation programmes en_US
dc.subject Income generating projects en_US
dc.subject Sustainable development en_US
dc.subject Quality of live en_US
dc.title Perceptions of the beneficiaries regarding income generating projects at Gauteng Department of Social Development : Sedibeng Region. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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