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  • A collection of Class Projects and Student articles showcasing innovative ideas and diverse perspectives from our talented student community at Daystar University
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  • An archival collection chronicling the institutional history, academic achievements, and diverse heritage of Daystar University.
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Communication Enhancement Strategies for the Development of Communication Abilities among Autistic Children in Nairobi County
(Daystar University, School of Communication, 2023-10) Nativity, Mwimah Loise
This study examined communication enhancement strategies for the development of communication abilities among autistic children in Nairobi County. The study aimed at assessing the influence of visual objects strategies on communication development in autistic children, secondly to analyse the influence of augmentative and alternative communication strategies on communication development in autistic children and thirdly to assess the influence of social interaction strategies on communication development in autistic children in Nairobi county. This study adopted an exploratory research design with 24 participants and seven observation sessions. The study found out that visual objects strategies provided essential channel and means of communication for autistic children. It also found out that augmentative and alternative communication was instrumental in bettering the way children with ASD relayed their thoughts, needs and ideas to the world around them. The study found out that social interaction strategies enhanced communication among the children with autism and also enabled the children to interact with others in their surroundings. The study concluded that there was a positive effect of use of visual objects on development of communication abilities for children with autism spectrum disorder. The study also concluded that augmentative and alternative communication strategies were essential in boosting communication for children with autism. The study also concluded that social interaction strategy was used to better communication abilities for children with autism spectrum disorders. The study recommends proper and early diagnosis of ASD children, individualization of communication enhancement strategies and more investigation on communication interaction strategies that focus on social cues and that the society needs to appreciate the existence of autism spectrum disorders.
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Communication Strategies for Sustainable Solid Waste Management: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta Analysis
(Daystar University, School of Communication, 2023-10) Wandolo, Christine
The present study was conducted using a Systematic Literature Review and Meta-analysis to examine the efficacy of communication in enhancing sustainable solid waste management (SSWM). The objective was to identify successful communication strategies that may be used for solid waste management practices in the Nairobi Metropolitan Region, to promote sustainability. While there is existing research that explores the importance of communication in shaping attitudes and promoting behavior change, these analyses tend to focus on individual communication strategies. Therefore, this study employed a systematic literature review and meta-analysis methodologies to evaluate the collective impact of communication strategies on the practice of SSWM. Apart from identifying the various communication strategies employed in the context of SSWM, the study evaluated the overall effect of these communication strategies on SSWM and assessed the extent to which effective communication influenced proper SSWM practices. The study focused on only one element of communication strategies: channels of communication to seek a solution to the problem of SSWM. The research examined a total of 27 studies conducted globally, and the overall effect size ranged between 2.19 and 4.2. The study's results suggest that although communication strategies for SSWM are available, they are often used in isolation. Therefore, the study recommends that the integration of strategies is necessary in order to develop a holistic strategy. The study puts together findings from different studies and advices that to reach maximum impact, different applications of communication strategies need to be put together. Additionally, the research findings suggest that a considerable portion of communication studies exhibit deficiencies in terms of their use of quantitative research methods. The study concludes that effective communication would lead to the protection of the environment, reduce the spread of disease and contribute to the attainment of sustainable development goals.
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Non-Governmental Organizations’ Healthcare Interventions in Mukuru-Sinai Urban Informal Settlements, Nairobi County, Kenya.
(Daystar University, School of Arts and Social Sciences, 2023-08) Kariiru, Grace Gladys Wamuyu
While NGO healthcare interventions come in to fill the governmental healthcare gaps in urban informal settlements, they continue to register significant unsustainability. This study aimed to assess NGO healthcare interventions in Mukuru-Sinai urban informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. The study’s objectives were to examine awareness of NGO healthcare interventions’; to evaluate the effectiveness of NGO healthcare interventions, and to assess community involvement in NGO healthcare interventions. This study was based on a mixed methods research methodology. The study found that most (85 percent) participants were aware of NGO healthcare interventions in Mukuru Sinai, majorly through Reuben Radio. In addition, the study’s findings established that NGO healthcare interventions were cost-effective in decreasing disease prevalence and mortality. Conversely, the interventions were ineffective in disease prevention and increasing essential medical equipment in Mukuru-Sinai health facilities. Moreover, the study found insufficient community representation and ownership in NGO healthcare intervention processes. The study recommended that NGO healthcare interventions develop innovative technologies, especially SMS-based healthcare information services, to boost the timeliness of NGO healthcare interventions' communication outreach and coverage in Mukuru-Sinai. Secondly, the study recommended that the health NGOs conduct research throughout their healthcare interventions to collect real-time feedback on what is working or not working. Lastly, the study suggested that health NGOs establish community advisory boards and community-led committees among primary proactive measures to empower community ownership and sustainability of NGO healthcare interventions beyond their timelines.
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Effect of Growth Strategies on the Financial Performance of Takaful Livestock Insurance Products in Kenya
(Daystar University, School of Business and Economics, 2023-09) Kwaje, David Mogga
Insurance companies play a crucial role when it comes to the distribution of funds to various sectors of an economy. This study examined the effect of growth strategies on the financial performance of Takaful livestock insurance products in Kenya. The study was guided by three objectives: examine growth strategies adopted by Takaful Insurance livestock products, assess the financial performance of Takaful Insurance products, and determine the extent to which growth strategies affect the financial performance of Takaful Insurance products. The study referred to the Ansoff growth matrix (market penetration, product development, market development, and diversification) and was underpinned by the resource-based view (RBV), agency, and prospect theories. It used a census descriptive research design with 51 respondents across senior, middle, and junior management levels. Questionnaires comprising open and closed-ended questions were employed to collect data, which was analyzed using a multiple regression model. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were adopted in the study. The growth strategies evaluated in the study comprised market development, concentric diversification, strategic alliances, and product development. Based on the findings, product development had the greatest contribution to financial performance with a value of 3.019 and a Beta coefficient of 2.238 supported by a p-value of less than 0.05. The study established that an increase in product development caused an increase in the financial performance of Takaful Insurance by 0.472. It concluded that Takaful Insurance has fully adopted market development and product development as the main growth strategies in its operations. The study recommended Takaful Insurance invest more efforts into tactics in line with product development and market development growth strategies due to their relatively significant effect on its financial performance.
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Analyzing Counter-Terrorism Measures in Cybersecurity and Risk Preparedness of the Telecommunication Sector in Kenya: A Case Study of Safaricom Head Office, Nairobi
(Daystar University, School of Arts and Social Sciences, 2023-10) Kamau, Ruth Wanjiku
The rise in cases of cyberattacks has become a call to the telecommunication sector in Kenya to revise and improve its counter terrorism measures to increase their level of risk preparedness against cyberattacks. The study aimed to analyze counter-terrorism measures in cybersecurity and risk preparedness of the telecommunication sector in Kenya. The study was based on three objectives which included; To evaluate the impact of cybersecurity awareness programs on enhancing risk preparedness, to assess the effectiveness of data access control measures in mitigating risks and enhancing risk preparedness, and to examine the role of cybersecurity legal frameworks on the level of risk preparedness in the telecommunication sector in Kenya. The theoretical foundation was based on the concept of Securitization theory which focuses on how security issues are constructed and framed as urgent threats requiring exceptional measure. The study employed a quantitative research design that targeted key informants from the Safaricom Head Office in Nairobi. A structured questionnaire was administered to the key informants to obtain primary data for analysis using the SPSS statistical software generating descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings demonstrated a strong and positive relationship between awareness programs, data access control measures, and legal frameworks with cybersecurity and the level of risk preparedness in Kenya's telecommunications sector. The study concluded that consistent staff training on cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities significantly enhances cybersecurity and risk preparedness, underscoring the importance of investing in training programs and employing cybersecurity experts. The study recommends that telecommunication companies prioritize comprehensive training programs focused on cybersecurity awareness and risk preparedness.