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Students talk about their experiences working with businesses in West Nepal
by: RAP 3      on: 31st Oct, 2018

In 10th episode of Bikash ko Bato, we learn about the Rural Enterprise Service placements Kathmandu University School of Management students much complete as part of their MBA course. 

The 8 students have offered consultancy services to 8 businesses in Dailekh and Achham.  Hear from both the students and the business owners they worked with about the experience.

Listen online at soundcloud.com/afn-antenna/bikash-ko-bato-10-4th-year

The episode highlights the objectives of facilitating students' placements in RAP3 CONNECT districts, what the students have learned, their recommendations to businesses and feedback from the business owners. 

 

MHLR Contract Signing
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Oct, 2018

We are pleased to announce that on Friday 26th October, DFID and IMC Worldwide signed a new contract for the RAP3 Mugu Humla Link Road Project.  This means that construction work of the 67km long road can now begin in earnest, building on from the successes of the Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) Pilot conducted under the main RAP3 Implementation Contract. 

The RAP3 MHLR contract is up to UK£15.5 million, to be paid against construction milestones, and with all works to be completed within 2 years.  The MHLR road is a 4.5m wide earthen road with passing bays, drainage and retaining structures, road safety features, and climate resilience features.  Excavators will be used for all earthworks and track opening to full width.  Local labour will be mobilised for all structures works. 

Procurement Guidance to IDEA International
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Oct, 2018

On the successful delivery of procurement training on the PPMO rules and Acts to employees at IDEA International, a DFID funded project, MHLR team further assisted IDEA International in helping review materials that they can use to train the local Palikas with the first training at Humla district. These learning materials will provide guidance to the Palikas on procurement and on how to prepare procurement plans in line with the PPMO’s rules and acts. This is next step for RAP working towards shared resources and mutual collaboration across all DFID projects.

GIS/GPS Training started in RAP3 TMO
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Oct, 2018

In line with capacity building and support to the new federal system, a 5 day training to the ninth batch of trainees on the Basic GIS/GPS Techniques started 29th October 2018 in RAP3 TMO School Room. The participants are from RAP3 TMO, MHLR and RAP3 districts. A total of 18 participants - 17 engineers and 1 health safeguard & well-being manager are participating in the training. Mr. Michael Green, Programme Manager of RAP3 formally opened the training programme by clicking a computer key and then highlighted the objectives and expected output of the training. He stated that the participants are expected to assist the municipal staff and other technical staff in the province in the preparation of the Provincial and Municipal Transport Master Plans to be prepared in near future. The opening session was facilitated by DPM Dilli Prakash Sitaula who welcomed all the participants and advised them to participate actively in the training. Then the training sessions started with a briefing on the rules/norms to be followed during entire training period. IT Manager Deo Narayan Yadav is leading the training sessions, assisted by CAME Laxman Bhakta Dahi Shrestha and AE Damodar Khanal.

Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Oct, 2018

Episode: 18/11                             Broadcast Date: 28th & 30th October 2018


Issue: CONNECT Episode: CONNECT's Advocacy for Minimum 33% Reserved Seats for Women in DCCI's Executive Committee.

 

This week Bikash ko Bato will discuss about advocacy done by RAP3 CONNECT for minimum reservation of 33% seats for women in District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) executive committee. CONNECT has been advocating for policy reform with DCCI since 2016. CONNECT through reform paper “Female Representation on District Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Committees” has been recommending a minimum reservation of 33% seats for women members of the DCCI Executive Committee.

Supply of Gabion Boxes for MHLR
by: RAP 3      on: 24th Oct, 2018

The first of the procurement items for MHLR arrived at Gamgadhi during Dasai. A new stores location was identified close to the Gamgadhi office to accommodate new Gabion Boxes.  The field team worked through the holidays to ensure the Gabion were well received and stored safely. The rest of the goods and gear will arrive post Tihar.

Rapid Condition Survey Completed in Dadeldhura
by: RAP 3      on: 24th Oct, 2018

Rapid condition surveys (RCS) have been completed on all 14 DRCNs of Dadeldhura. RAP DTA took a leading role in conducting the survey along with participation of TFPs. The main objective of conducting the RCS was to identify the emergency and specific maintenance requirements after the monsoon and prepare an intervention plan. During the rapid condition survey it was found that most of the roads were operational throughout the monsoon without major damage and blockage. Of those roads which were badly damaged most were quickly restored by the concerned R/Municipality. However, it was observed that some specific maintenance was required for permanent restoration of damaged sections. The data collected from the RCS will be compiled to determine the necessary interventions required for various road maintenance activities finally to prepare Annual Road Asset Management Plan (ARAMP) which will be shared with the concerned R/Municipalities.

RAP3 Supports Local Bodies in ‘Rapid Condition Surveys’
by: RAP 3      on: 24th Oct, 2018

On an annual basis RAP3 engineers have been supporting Districts in performing a quick survey (‘Rapid Condition Survey’ – RCS) of the District Road Core Network (DRCN) to identify emergency works needed to reopen roads following monsoon and before Festival. The survey also identifies more permanent, heavier maintenance interventions needed to address critical access ‘bottlenecks’ for inclusion in an annual works plan. With the move to Federalisation RAP3’s support has shifted toward the Local Bodies and this year the RCS has been conducted with the support of their technical staff as far as possible. In the Core western Districts where RAP3 is still active, RCS has been completed in all Districts except Dailekh, Mugu and Kalikot which are ongoing. District-wise Annual Road Asset Management Plans will now be prepared showing the maintenance requirements and their costs for the entire DRCN which will then be shared with the Local Bodies.

Road Maintenance Groups Open Roads Ahead of Festival
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Oct, 2018

On an annual basis RAP3 engineers have been supporting Districts in performing a quick survey (‘Rapid Condition Survey’ – RCS) of the District Road Core Network (DRCN) to identify emergency works needed to reopen roads following monsoon and before Festival. The survey also identifies more permanent, heavier maintenance interventions needed to address critical access ‘bottlenecks’ for inclusion in an annual works plan. With the move to Federalisation RAP3’s support has shifted toward the Local Bodies and this year the RCS has been conducted with the support of their technical staff as far as possible. In the Core western Districts where RAP3 is still active, RCS has been completed in all Districts except Dailekh, Mugu and Kalikot which are ongoing. District-wise Annual Road Asset Management Plans will now be prepared showing the maintenance requirements and their costs for the entire DRCN which will then be shared with the Local Bodies.

Local Bodies Fund RMGs from Internal Sources Pending GoN’s Budget
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Oct, 2018

This year the Government of Nepal committed to fund the continuation of Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) in 13 RAP3 Districts amounting to approx. NRs 218 million covering 2,600 km of District Roads. Unfortunately the transition to a new Federal Governing system has brought with it new budgetary systems resulting in delays in passing on the budget to Local Bodies. In the majority of Districts the Local Bodies could not renew RMG contracts pending written budgetary authority. However in several RAP3 Core Maintenance Districts, RMGs were informally mobilised with the intention to cover payments at a later date once GoN funds come through. However in Managalsen Municipality in Achham, and Bhageshwor and Ganyapdhura Rural Municipalities in Dadeldhura, the Local Body has paid for 2 months (Mid-July – Mid-Sep) from other sources noting the huge benefits to road users in keeping roads maintained. Ajaymeru Rural Municipality of Dadeldhura has also invested in 1 month of payments.