by: RAP 3 on: 31st Aug, 2017
During a promotional visit to the RAP3 office in Kathmandu by a new start up called Doko Recyclers, we learned that 90% of Kathmandu’s waste could be recycled rather than dumped on land fill sites or in the streams and rivers of the city. We now have a contract with the firm for managing waste from both the RAP3 and IMC offices and last Tuesday our auxiliary staff, who will be responsible for managing this initiative, were given a presentation about segregating recyclable & non-recyclable waste. Now separate waste bins will be placed at the RAP3 office to be used by IMC projects in Kathmandu and then extended to the collection of recyclable waste from staff houses. To find out more go their website at www.dokorecyclers.com
Ownership of RMGs by the newly elected local bodies
by: RAP 3 on: 27th Aug, 2017
RMGs have been the cornerstone of improved traffic condition in Dadeldhura DRCNs ever since it was first introduced by RAP in 2014. With the onset of new local government in the form of Rural Municipalities and Municipalities and GoN decision of gradually taking ownership of RMGs from RAP3, a very positive development has been taking place in Dadeldhura. Technical person from Ganyapdhura Rural Municipality approached the DTA office where he was oriented regarding the overall RMGs procedure in brief. Kalu Singh Pal, Sub-Assistant Engineer of Ajaymeru Rural Municipality has been nominated as a RAP3 focal person.
RAP Graduate Engineer accepted to top ranked UK business and management education programme - University of Exeter’s ONE Planet MBA
by: RAP 3 on: 25th Aug, 2017
We are excited to announce RAP Graduate Engineer, Ayasta Pokharel's acceptance on Exeter University's ONEPlanetMBA, a top ranked UK business and management education programme focused on training students on future-fit business models. Ayasta has been a valuable member of the RAP team since she joined as an intern in April 2014. We congratulate Ayasta on working hard to realise this prestigious opportunity which is a leap forward in her career. CONNECT has a two-way partnership with Exeter's School of Business - ONEPlanetMBA students offer business consultancy services to our MSME partners and CONNECT sends members of the RAP team to Exeter to continue the knowledge exchange. We are delighted Ayasta will be the first from RAP to take a year-long sabbatical to participate in this program.
CONNECT brings multiple private sector partners together for DFID Annual Review Meeting
by: RAP 3 on: 24th Aug, 2017
DFID Nepal hosted a stakeholder consultation earlier today, bringing together representatives from CONNECT’s small businesses portfolio including partner Organic Mountain Flavor (OMF), its investor One to Watch, Prabhu Bank, SAFAL Partners and TR Upadhaya & Co. The meeting was an opportunity to review progress made to date, present CONNECT’s intentions for year two of partnership with OMF for DFID to consider and seek commitments from OMF, their investors and the bank to realise agreed milestones. CONNECT is delighted that the meeting concluded with assurances from the bank and investors for the timely infusion of additional investments and credit limits.
Road Term Maintenance Pilot Project Contract
by: RAP 3 on: 23rd Aug, 2017
RAP3 DTA, Dailekh completed bid evaluation of a pilot Term Maintenance Contract concluding G.T Construction, Surkhet as the lowest substantially responsive bidder. Letters of intent and award were issued to the bidder on 8th August 2017 and 16th August 2017 respectively by TMO. The bidder will now be responsible for delivering various emergency and specific maintenance needs of DRCN #60DR001 & #60DR004 for the term of 01 September 2017 to 30 June 2018 and be in place well before the monsoon ends and have it ready for mobilization in emergency maintenance work right after the monsoon when damages on roads are greatest.
Orientation to newly appointed staff
by: RAP 3 on: 22nd Aug, 2017
14 SC staff have been retained following SC’s contract closure to accomplish outstanding works. DTA Kalikot organized two days orientation programme to newly recruited staff on 15th and 16th August 2017 at district headquarter. The main motto of programme was to recap the roles and responsibilities based on job description of all recruited staff as per their position before contract signing. With the completion of welcome speech by SDO, DTL Bishnu Ram Bista other DTA professionals presented employment contract terms and condition, official rules and regulation, RAP3 code of conduct, presentation on anti corruption, BoGs , social safeguard and results of misconduct behaviors, sequence wise implementation plans of both SSDR and JRDR. Similarly they were oriented on HRIS system for fill-up time sheet, field visit/annual leave request and monthly planner.
RAP “No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (NSTAAFL)”
by: RAP 3 on: 22nd Aug, 2017
On 18th August 2017, RAP3 Graduate Engineer Sudan Bhandari presented “Inclusive and Green Roads in Ethiopia” as part of RAP’s Friday “No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (NSTAAFL)” sessions. These sessions are designed to inform the TMO team about different RAP3 initiatives and raise awareness within the team. Sudan’s presentation summarized the webinar hosted debate by International Road Fund about the inclusive and green road focus in Ethiopia and compared this with developments in Nepal which have used the same concept.
LRUC level Public Audit in Mugu
by: RAP 3 on: 17th Aug, 2017
Led by the chairman of Karnali Krishi Gramin LRUC, two LRUC level public audits were successfully completed for Karnali Rajmarga Bhawani and Karnali Krishi Gramin LRUCs working on the Gamgadhi-Dhaina-Dhulachour District Road. The audits took place in Ward Number 3 of the Chhayanath Rara Municipality on 16th August 2017 at the Himalaya Primary School. Representatives from local political parties, ward members, district civil society network chief, journalists from local newspapers, DTA, stakeholders and RBGs/SBGs members participated in the programme. Four running bills of RBGs/SBGs wage payments made between October 2016 and August 2017 were audited. Queries raised by the participants were answered by RAP3 DTL.
Monsoon damage at DRCN road
by: RAP 3 on: 16th Aug, 2017
Following two days of heavy rainfall in Jhapa on 11th - 12th August 2017, DRCN roads have been affected. The hume pipe at 2+400 of 04DR011 (Garamani-Haldibari) DRCN road was washed out. DTA conducted update on status of their staff including RMGs following the rainfall. All DTA staff and their family members are safe and no incidents have been reported by RMGs to date. DTA office is running smoothly from 15th August after the disruption of electricity and internet for 2 days.
Radio Debate for Development
by: RAP 3 on: 14th Aug, 2017
Radio Karnali, Jumla organized a program titled “Radio Debate for Development” on 7th August 2017. CDO, Acting LDO, newly appointed DCC chairman, co-chairman and RAP3 staff attended the program. CDO and Acting LDO answered the queries raised by stakeholders, user committee and RAP3 RMGs. No questions were raised by RMG about RAP3. At the end of the program Radio Karnali distributed umbrellas donated by RAP3 to the participants including RMG members.