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Annual Progress Review Workshop
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Oct, 2014

RAP3 organised its first Annual Progress Review Workshops, one for pilot districts on 6 September in Kathmandu and one for core districts on 12 September 2014 in Nepalgunj. Both workshops were attended by the Secretary of MoFALD, DG DoLIDAR and other high level officials and representatives from GoN central agencies, DFID, DDCs and DTOs, RAP’s INGO partners, TMO, District Teams, MEL and KEPTA. The Programme Manager gave an overview of progress in RAP3’s first year of implementation while the Districts reported on their district level annual reviews, Continual Improvement Scores towards SWAp competency and Annual Support Plans for next year. Proceedings of the Workshops can be downloaded from the RAP3 Knowledge Hub.

BBC radio journalist visits Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Oct, 2014

BBC radio journalist Miles Warde is preparing a programme on the impacts of UKaid funded rural roads constructed in Nepal, Brazil and North Africa. The programme will capture the experiences and perceptions of those engaged in road building and maintenance works, income generation activities and other district beneficiaries. Miles went to Dailekh with DFIDN Mark Smith and Ben Powis and RAP3’s Arjun Poudel from 18-22 October 2014. We look forward to listening to the programme which will be broadcast in May next year.

LRN Engineering Cup (Core Districts) – 2014 Winner
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Oct, 2014

 

Each year as part of the ‘Annual LRN Engineering Course’, the participant who achieves the highest score in the associated examination will be awarded the ‘LRN Engineering Cup’. The 2014 winner of the ‘LRN Engineering Cup’ for the Core District group is Prithbi Man Thapa, the RAP3 District Team Leader for Dailekh District. Prithbi was presented with the ‘LRN Engineering Cup’, his training certificate, and a cash prize on Wednesday, 22nd October, by Michael Green, the RAP3 Programme Manager. Pictured from left to right are:, Michael Green, Ganga Bdr Basnet, Coordinator RTI SWAp DoLIDAR, Prithbi Man Thapa, Dilli Sitaula, RAP3 Deputy Programme Manager, and Roger Legassick, Road Safety Trainer.  

RAP wins ICE Edmund Hambly Medal
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Oct, 2014

IMC Managing Director Gavin English writes that “I am delighted to inform you that the DFID funded Rural Access programme (1999 – ongoing) has just won the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Edmund Hambly Award. The award emphasises the important contribution that engineering makes to the wellbeing of mankind and the environment and is awarded to a project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development. RAP is the perfect project for this award. Chris Murgatroyd DFID Deputy Director for Asia and I collected the award which was presented by the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers at the Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all of the IMC Worldwide staff and consultants, and all the DFID staff who have worked, and continue to work on this fantastic programme that really does make a difference to the lives of the poorest in the most remote areas of Nepal.

LRN Engineering Cup (Pilot Districts) – 2014 Winner’
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Oct, 2014

Each year as part of the ‘Annual LRN Engineering Course’, the participant who achieves the highest score in the associated examination will be awarded the ‘LRN Engineering Cup’. The 2014 winner of the ‘LRN Engineering Cup’ for the Pilot District group is Ram Babu Paudyal, the RAP3 District Team Leader for Morang District.

 

Ram was presented with the ‘LRN Engineering Cup’, his training certificate, and a cash prize on Wednesday, 15th October, by Michael Green, the RAP3 Programme Manager. Pictured from left to right are: Bill Seal, RAP3 Engineering Team Leader, Maheswor Ghimere, RAP3 Programme Coordinator DoLIDAR, Michael Green, Ram Babu Paudyal, Roger Legassick, Road Safety Trainer, Matthew Chamberlain, Road Safety Trainer, and Dilli Sitaula, RAP3 Deputy Programme Manager. 

Risk Based Audit Reports
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Oct, 2014

While useful for checking that procedures are followed and identifying potential improvements, we intend to use a risk-based approach for the second year internal audit programme. The purpose of the identification of those threats is to improve the quality and effectiveness of audits by providing more clarity in how the auditor should consider each risk when planning and performing an audit. A Risk-Based Auditing (RBA) document has been prepared which explains the processes to be followed by auditors and how to draw up detailed audit procedures to address specific risks.

SED Manual Prepared
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Oct, 2014

Following completion of the first year of RAP3, a single SED Manual has been prepared that will be followed by all those engaged in SED activities in the core districts. As with the LRN Engineering Course a 5 day SED Manual course will be held each year for RAP3 SEDOs and the field staff of our partners HELVETAS, Practical Action and Winrock International. An annual pass of the associated examination will be a condition of joining or continuing to work on RAP3 as part of ongoing efforts to improve performance delivery by the programme.

First Road Safety Course
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Oct, 2014

The first LRN Road Safety Courses are being held in Kathmandu for DTLs and RAP3 engineers as part of DOLIDAR efforts to deal with Road Safety issues. The courses are being delivered by independent Road Safety consultant Roger Legassick and Matthew Chamberlain of IMC. The courses will be delivered next year as part of the LRN Engineering course. In addition Roger and Matt will hold a one day introduction to Road Safety for senior GON and colleagues working on sister LRN projects funded by other donors.

Annual LRN Examination Results
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Oct, 2014

As part of efforts to improve RAP3 performance the 2014 Annual, 5 day, LRN Engineering Course was delivered to participants in September ahead of the Dasain Festival.  As part of its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme RAP3 engineers sit an annual LRN Examination and a pass is a condition of working in RAP3. This year the highest examination scores went to Prithbi Man Thapa, DTL Dailekh and Ram Babu Paudyal, DTL Morang, both of whom have won a prize and the LRN Engineering Cup. 15 Distinctions were awarded and 21 passes were confirmed out of a total of 49 engineers. Resits are to be held in KTM on 16th October for 13 people.