REVIEW OF RURAL ROADS MAINTENANCE PLANNING IN NEPAL

This report by the independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) component of the Rural Access Programme 3 (RAP3) presents a review of the current maintenance planning approaches used in the Local Roads Network (LRN) sector in Nepal. The review aims to shed light on differences and commonalities across stakeholders, with a particular focus on shedding light on how these systems could be adapted within the changed political and governance context in Nepal where there has been major governance restructuring and devolution of power towards a federal system. This review does not aim to provide direct solutions on how maintenance planning should be configured in the new federal setup. Instead it provides a timely and strategic input in order to inform future thinking by providing an overview of the problem and challenges and opportunities arising from this.