News

Intern Neekita Joshi awarded Scholarship
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Mar, 2015

Intern Neekita Joshi writes from Dailekh that she has been awarded a full scholarship including grants for subsistence and logistics by International Development Research Centre (IDRC),Canada for a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Water Resource Management (iWRM) at the Nepal Engineering College’s, Centre for Post Graduates Studies (NEC-CPS), Balkhu Kathmandu commencing from first week of April 2015. I wished to complete this internship program but I have to appear in NEC-CPS to furnish further processes of the scholarship program of IDRC, Canada prior to commencement of regular Master’s iWRM course. We wish Neekita all the very best for the future and hope that you have found your internship both useful and interesting.

 

Retaining Wall Drainage Guidelines Issued
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Mar, 2015

RAP3 recently prepared and issued ‘Guidelines for Drainage Behind & Below Retaining Walls’ to all its field teams and Consultants. Experience gained by RAP over the years has shown that failures of gabion retaining walls by sliding or overturning are often linked to a gradual weakening of foundation materials. Foundations are generally upward sloping to assist against sliding but this causes a trap for rain water and seepage that passes freely through the porous structure and accumulates on the foundation surface causing softening. The Guideline provides a simple detail and procedure for constructing straightforward subsurface drains comprising geotextile-wrapped stone trenches using labour based methods and intended for all walls above 5m height. Advice is also given on the efficient and effective use of geotextile as a tool to avoid backfill materials washing though the structure’.

Morang Award to RAP DTL
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Mar, 2015

Ram Babu Paudyal writes from Morang that during the programme to publicise the decisions of the 24th District Council, he received a Letter of Appreciation for his contribution in the field of maintenance, planning, quality control and excellent work achievement.

 

Hon Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Federal Affairs and  Local Development  Prakash Man Singh,  Hon Minister for  Information & Communication Dr. Minendra Rijal, Hon Minister for  General  Administration Lal Babu Pandit and members of the Constituent Assembly were present  and Ram Babu was able to brief the Deputy Prime Minister about the project and progress of RAP3.

RAP3 Facebook Page Launched
by: RAP 3      on: 18th Mar, 2015

RAP3 has launched a facebook page at (www.facebook.com/rap3nepal) where news stories, photographs, and updates on programme activities can be posted and shared. The facebook page complements the RAP website (http://www.rapnepal.com/) and we hope it will boost interest (“hits”) in the website. The content of the facebook page will depend much on RAP3 Districts and will link to District Web Pages on the RAP website - http://www.rapnepal.com/district-web-pages, so that we can show the world what we do.

Performance Management and Verification Strategy
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Mar, 2015

As part of efforts to improve programme performance management efficiency, RAP management has formulated a PMV strategy recently. The idea behind its formulation is to set up an approach and guideline that help improve performance efficiencies on all fronts of programme implementations. The RAP3 PMV strategy contains standards and phases of measurement methods and ten key principles. The strategy will be reviewed periodically by the RAP3 programme management based on lessons learnt from implementation.  

RMGs at work on DRCN in RAP Districts
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Mar, 2015

By the end of February 2015 RAP3 was well on its way toward its target of putting 2,000 km of District Road Core Network under Road Maintenance Group (RMG) care with over 1,650 km already covered. This far exceeds the programme’s original ambition of 600 km. This continuous routine and recurrent road maintenance is provided by labour-based teams of poor or otherwise disadvantaged workers. The initiative backed by DoLIDAR as having nationwide potential, is having a marked effect in preserving and extending access on a substantially earthen road network. Team members receive training, tools, safety equipment and accident insurance and are engaged on a 50% part-time basis to enable workers sufficient time to continue their domestic and agricultural duties whilst still earning an attractive income.

Parbat Award to RAP DTL
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Mar, 2015

On Phalgun 25, 2071 Parbat District Council awarded a Letter of Appreciation to the RAP3 Team Leader for providing regular support and valuable contributions in the preparation of Annual Road Asset Management Plans (ARAMP), support to the DDC planning process and the development of the district in an effective and transparent manner. Also awarded at the same ceremony were an RMG member and an RMUC member. Our Congratulations to the RAP3 team and all those working for the development of Parbat.

Continuing Professional Development
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Mar, 2015

As part of this initiative, RAP3 have organised a ‘CPD Field Visit’ to Parbat. A representative from the NEA, NEC, the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE, UK), and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID, the donor for the RAP3 programme) will take part in the field visit, and the aim is to provide these organisations with the opportunity to consider the practical aspects of developing CPD across the engineering sector in Nepal, by providing the chance to observe a pilot CPD programme in practice. The field visit will also contribute to the ‘CPD Workshop’, planned for the 27th of March, and jointly organised by the NEA and NEC, with support from RAP3. 

Nepal Engineers’ Association, ‘Talk Programme’, RAP3 CPD Programme
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Mar, 2015

The Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA), holds a ‘Talk Programme’ every Friday afternoon at the NEA offices, in Pulchowk, Lalitpur. As RAP3 has recently been discussing with the NEA, and the Nepal Engineering Council, the potential for collaboration between the organisations to develop Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Engineers in Nepal, the NEA invited RAP3 to present the RAP3 CPD Programme for Engineers on the 27th of February 2015. The RAP3 internship and graduate programmes for civil engineers were particularly well received with several of the engineers present at the talk highlighting the struggle that many young engineers face to secure work experience upon graduating from university. (See RAP website here - http://www.rapnepal.com/cpd-briefing-note.)

Mugu DTL lost for 8 days
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Mar, 2015

Mugu DTL, Maheshwor Khadka and Rakesh Khadka started their return trip from annual leave on 24th February 2015. Heavy snow fall meant it took them three days to reach Jumla on 27th February. Setting off for MUGU the next day, it started snowing from 21.00 hours and stopped only at mid-night on 1st March. Following villagers advice they were forced to wait, unable to contact either RAP or their families by phone. Forced to stick to the road rather than the shorter trail they then trekked through knee high snow for 7 hours reaching Gamgadi safe and sound on the 3rd March 2015 after an eight day journey.