Briefing Notes

This briefing paper summarises the mechanism for managing the continual improvement (CI) process on RAP3.  The overall process for CI Management is summarised in the diagram below, which is explained further in the remainder of this paper.

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The RAP3 contract with DFID is one of a new type called results based. In essence payments of fees and project costs are tied to the delivery of a series of programme milestones and management is required to track these milestones to ensure sufficient cash flow to implement the programme. To try and ensure milestones are delivered to schedule it was decided to appoint Support Consultants in each district to assist planning and delivery of the project LRN objectives.

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The results presented here are derived from the Trimesterly Report for November 2014 which completes the first year of implementation of the RAP3 programme. The results are grouped by LogFrame Outputs including 1) Employment, 2) LRN, 3) SED and 4) Capacity Building and compared with targets for Sept 2014 and trajectories to May 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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Over the last decade road safety has focused on the national level and the Strategic Road Network (SRN). Nepal Road Sector Assessment Study proposes a national Road Safety Act and the Road Safety PlanSpecific LRN issues need to be incorporated into these initiatives.

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Of the seven districts originally supported by the RTI Maintenance Pilot, Dailekh is now a RAP3 core district. In Year 2 it is proposed that Dadeldhura become a core district, pending agreement by the Steering Committee in November 2014. This means that the five remaining pilot districts have received four years of technical assistance from DFID towards achieving the SWAp objectives of GoN.

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The Capacity Building Strategy for RAP3 supports GON ambitions for an RTI Sector Approach, (RTI SWAp) whose objectives are 1) to promote harmonisation of donor and GON activities in the sector; 2) adopt a single, GON-led, RTI policy and common approaches to RTI. 3) improve RTI governance and capacity at local and central levels of GON and 4) improve the performance of private sector.

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With the Annual Reviews completed and the draft ASPs in the final stages of preparation, November and December will be spent drawing up the RAP Annual Implementation Plan for Implementation Year 2 (IY2). By mid November, before finalising component targets in detail, this concept note is to be circulated and discussed with GON, DFID and RAP3 to agree the strategic direction for IY2.

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The creation of new municipalities in the country has given rise to a perceived need to develop Municipal Transport Master Plans (MTMPs) that are coordinated with the District Transport Master Plans (DTMPs). Full land use master plans are not required but an add on section to the DTMP to be applied specifically to the DRCN lying within the new municipality boundaries might fulfil the need as perceived by MOFALD and DOLIDAR.

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The RAP3 programme is investigating the option of providing a connection of the District Headquarters at Simikhot in the Humla District with the strategic road network utilising existing DoR and DDC constructed roads.

 

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Rural Access Programme started design in 1999 with the financial grant assistance of UK government to the Government of Nepal and has completed two phases of implementation in seven rural hill districts of Nepal.

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Further to the Briefing Note on DDF Fund Flows and Risks and the subsequent discussion with DFID during the meeting of 15th August 2013, this note provides further clarification on the Payment For Results (P4R) mechanism. 

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GoN have implemented a number of strategic and policy shifts since the RTI Pilot support began, that support the move towards LRN Asset Management and a network approach rather than specific road corridor interventions.

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A Road Maintenance Group (RMG) refers to a group of local people that have been selected to carry out routine and recurrent maintenance in a specific road.

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While RAP2 operates outside the GoN Financial Management System (FMS) for road construction, the SWAp objectives of the RTI Pilot means that it should ideally operate within the GON system.

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District road investment priorities in the 14 RAP3 districts are determined by the DTMPs prepared in 2012/13. These prioritise district road access to the SRN connecting to district headquarters.

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Clause 26 of the Invitation to Tender, Instructions RAP2.1 PO5837, Nepal, refers to the UK Government Skills and Apprenticeship Initiative and the UK government’s commitment to expand apprenticeships in the public sector, encouraging suppliers  to set up their own internship programmes.

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