News

Fire in Dadeldhura
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Apr, 2016

 

Having just issued detailed Health and Safety guidelines on the transport of petrol for rock breaking equipment, our Dadeldhura office reports that this morning a fire broke out in the bus park and eventually resulted in 2 or 3 gas cylinders exploding. The fire service vehicle was in Dhangadi for maintenance so a JCB was called in to help stop the fire. Photo shows people pouring water on the fire watched by crowds of people packed in tightly all around.

 

Making Audits Come Alive!
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Apr, 2016

In February 2016, the RAP3 internal audit team went on a tour of Dadeldhura, Doti, Achham and Bajura. The trip was also the perfect opportunity to test RAP3’s ambitions to find effective and innovative ways of documenting what happens on the ground. Results shouldn’t always be about numbers in a spreadsheet!

The team interviewed stakeholders such as LDOs, RMG workers, contractors, NGOs, SED beneficiaries and trades people. And, with a bit of creative engineering and some black electrical tape, a video camera was attached to the front of a RAP3 Bolero to give the engineers in Kathmandu a condition survey 40km of DRCN. With the assistance of the IMC Communications & Knowledge Management Team in the UK we hope to push this exciting concept further such as making training videos for field engineers.

 

Mugu visit by British Ambassador
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Apr, 2016

 

As a follow up to his recent field visit to Mugu, RAP asked the British Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Richard Morris for his personal observations regarding RAP3’s work in the district. He writes that “It was fascinating for me to see the RAP3 work in action. Seeing the challenges presented by the topography really brought home the challenges of the project. I was particularly interested to see how RAP colleagues worked with local communities, to integrate them into the process. It was clear from our conversations just how much the road, and connectivity, meant to local communities. I was also really interested to see the signs that DFID uses to ensure transparency – so local communities understand how much the road will cost and other elements of project management.”

 

Second Trimester Report
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Apr, 2016

 

With the completion of the second trimester of financial year 2072/73 of the Nepali calendar, March saw the production of the regular Trimesterly Report. Today, on 25th April 2016, one year after the first earthquake struck, in the English calendar, the Trimester Report has been issued formally. It is also posted on the RAP3 website where it joins previous Trimesterly Reports issued since the start of the programme. In response to pleas from those who read these reports this issue is far more simple and brief, being only 15 pages long but with 50 pages of Annexes, including the new DFID format for evaluating gross risk, mitigation measures and the residual or net risk that remains after mitigation. The potential impact of these net risks are now split evenly between Moderate and Minor impact categories.

 

35 Years in Nepal
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Apr, 2016

 

On 6th April 2016 IMC Worldwide held a reception at the Hotel Himalaya to celebrate 35 years of working in Nepal. Managing Director Gavin English and Regional Director for South Asia Suraj Rana hosted the reception which celebrated the contributions of GoN, donors, partners and teammates was recognized in delivering the work in these years. The Rural Access Programme, flagship project of the IMC Worldwide in Nepal, has been continuously working to improve the lives of the poorest and the most marginalized people in the remote areas and also building capacity for management of sustainable rural transport infrastructure. Photo shows Gavin English welcoming guests.

 

Graduate Programme
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Apr, 2016

 

The Graduate Programme provides long term professional development to selected engineers who complete the internship programme. Graduates have to achieve a pre-defined set of competencies, skills and attributes, called Development Objectives (DOs), through a task-oriented approach throughout their professional experience. To expose graduates to the opportunities to fulfill their DOs, they are rotated every year from one district to another.  Currently, there are altogether 18 Graduates working in 13 districts. Recently, the third batch completed their internship programme and were provided with a CV development workshop and mock interviews in order to assist them in seeking future employment.

 

RAP-3 Internship Rotations
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Apr, 2016

 

As a part of support to the development of the engineering sector in Nepal, on April 2014, Rural Access Programme 3 (RAP-3) hired seven recently graduated engineers for a six month internship. Since then RAP has enrolled a new batch of interns every six months through advertising in the national press which invites those interested to write a short essay saying why they are interested followed by an interview for those who are short listed. The interns initially spend 3 months in one of RAP-3’s 14 districts and rotate to spend another 3 months in another district. The main objective of the programme is to provide interns with a wide range of experience and exposure in the field of Rural Road Construction and Maintenance. Currently there are 12 interns located in 12 districts.

 

The road to better results (reporting)!
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Apr, 2016

In February 2016, the RAP3 internal audit team went on a tour of Dadeldhura, Doti, Acham and Bajura to review and improve the programme’s policies and procedures on results reporting.The trip was a productive and adventurous endeavour which allowed the internal audit team to have detailed conversations with different types of stakeholders on what results we need to measure as a programme, why we measure them, how we verify them and how they are reported.As a programme, we always seek to maintain a balance between having a very detailed results-monitoring system and having the appropriate level of administrative costs to maintain one. Carrying out audits like this helps us better understand how to improve the system to meet the reporting and verification needs of DFID and the Government of Nepal, whilst trying not to over-burden district staff with heavy reporting requirements!

The trip was also the perfect opportunity to test RAP3’s ambitions to find effective and innovative ways of documenting what really happens at the ground-level. Results shouldn’t always be about numbers in a spreadsheet!

 

VIPs Visit Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 5th Apr, 2016

On 3rd April 2016, British Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Richard Morris and DFID Head of Office Dr Gail Marzetti arrived in Gamgadi, Mugu and visited RAP3 road - Gamgadhi - Dhaina - Dhulachaur on 4th April. In the visit, the Ambassador stressed on the 200 years of relationship between the two countries and the common pillars we share - political, military, development assistance (run by DFID-N) and the connection between the people of Britain and Nepal strengthened by tourism and Nepali diaspora living in the UK. Similarly, Dr Marzetti emphasized on the challenges and opportunities in Mugu irrespective of British involvement particularly in poverty alleviation, disaster management, women empowerment and issues about severity of drought in Mugu.  The team was warmly welcomed in Nigale village along RAP3 road and interacted with LRUC and RBG members and visited the construction site.     

Farewell Programme by DDC Parbat
by: RAP 3      on: 1st Apr, 2016

A farewell programme was organized by the District Development Committee Parbat for the outgoing Office Manager Nissen Dangol on the 30th of March 2016. Chief District Engineer Mahendra Bahadur Baniya addressed the ceremony and presented a letter of appreciation for his contribution in road asset management in Parbat for the period of 19 months.