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Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Mar, 2019

Episode: 33

Broadcast Date: 31 March, April 1 & 2 2019

Issue: Consumer committee at the local levels.

This episode discusses about the various development works carried out by the consumer committee at the local levels. The local level development works such as; road infrastructure, drinking water, irrigation are implemented through the channel of consumer committee. Consumer committee is defined as the group of the consumers who takes part in the various development activities, their management and maintenance. The local level operation act 2074, ensures that consumer committee are formed, mobilized and managed by the ward committee of either municipality or rural municipality at the local levels.

Drivers stopping their vehicles on GDDR to swap colours on Holi
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Mar, 2019

On 20th March 2019, Holi caused 6 vehicle jam on Gamgadi-Dhaina-Dhulachaur Road when the drivers stopped to splash colours on each other which is an unusual occurrence in Mugu’s road. Gamgadi-Dhaina-Dhulachaur Road has been recently handed over to local government on 13th March 2019. The road is 22.750 km constructed by Rural Access Programme (RAP3), a joint programme between Government of Nepal and Government of UK. The Mayor of Chayanath Rara Municipality extended his vote of thanks and concluded ceremony with handing over the certificate of appreciation to RAP and DFID Nepal.

MHLR team rejoice to the colours of Holi at Gamgadhi Office
by: RAP 3      on: 25th Mar, 2019

On the occasion of Holi, MHLR team in Mugu, Gamgadhi celebrated the festival of colours with full enjoyment. The MHLR team welcomed the beginning of spring celebrating with rainbow-hued powder with the full spirit of beauty, ritual, and tradition. The team brightened up the environment, dancing, singing, and exchanging wishes with each other. Holi promotes team engagement and is a good idea to celebrate together at workplace.

Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Mar, 2019

Program: Bikash ko Bato

Episode: 32 

Broadcast: 24, 25 and 26 March 2019

Issue: Access to Information at the local levels.                                                                                               

The Constitution of Nepal 2072, Article 27, ensures the Right to Information and explains that every citizen shall have the right to demand and receive information on any matter of his or her interest or the public interest. The program starts with a discussion from Achham where the locals talk about the procedures for getting information about various development activities, decision making and budget from their local government representatives. Likewise, a feature report from Jumla highlights different media that allow easy and simple access to information by local citizens. Similarly, in an interview, the Chairperson of Khaptad Chhededaha Rural Municipality talks about how information for public consumption is transferred via written copy, radio, newspaper, municipality website and other social networking sites.

RAP3’s economic development component, CONNECT, will close on 31 March 2019
by: ruth      on: 21st Mar, 2019

Since the component was initiated in June 2016, it has worked across six districts (Bajura, Achham, Dadeldhura, Dailekh, Doti and Jumla) in the Mid and Far West and with multiple private sector partners including multinationals, MSMEs, financial service providers and academic institutions to remove barriers to growth and boost the economy. 

CONNECT has leveraged private sector investment to enable the scale – up of enterprises and worked to strengthen the enabling environment for doing business. 

CONNECT has impacted over 3,500 households and 1,500 individuals over the course of the pilot.  This includes 474 women appointed as Hamri Didis, establishing their own micro-enterprises, and thousands of farmers that are making the shift to commercial agricultural production.

You can read more about our interventions, the successes and what we’ve learned on RAP3’s website:  http://rapnepal.com/about-rap3-connect

Handover of Gamgadi-Dhaina-Dhulachaur Road (GDDR), Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Mar, 2019

Gamgadi-Dhaina-Dhulachaur District Roads under Chayanath Rara Municipality and Soru Rural Municipality, Mugu (Total 22.750 km) have been constructed by Rural Access Programme (RAP3), a joint programme between Government of Nepal and Government of UK is formally handed over to local government on 13th March 2019. The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Hari Jung Shahi, Mayor of Chayanath Rara Municipality, and Chief Guest Mr. Gopal Bam, Member of Parliament. There were Special Guests from provincial assembly Mr Chandra Bahadur Shahi and upper house Mr Mohan Baniya as well. The government stakeholders and representatives from civil society, NGOs, various political parties, members of LRUC and LRCC were also presence at the event. They thanked the Nepal Government and UK Government for this great achievement and support and also appreciated the working modality and transparency maintained by RAP3. The Mayor of Chayanath Rara Municipality concluded the ceremony with vote of thanks and handed over an appreciation certificate to the RAP and DFID Nepal.

Fact Sheet Gamgadi- GDDR Road, Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Mar, 2019

Road construction of 22.750KM has been completed with the involvement 45 Road Building Groups (RBGs), 39 Special Building Groups (SBGs) and 2 Drill Groups. Among 896 RBG members there was 41 % female participation. During the construction period of 5 years 599,033 employment days generated wage payments worth NRs500 million directly distributed to the workers. Speakers admired the quality of roads constructed by RAP3 and urged local government to take care of them. They further requested RAP3 to extend the road up to Dhulachaur which will link Mugu along Karnali Corridor. Similarly, they highlighted the benefits of rural roads which have been playing a crucial role to generate economic opportunities for residents of Mugu District. They also appreciated the Mayor of Chayanath Rara Municipality and Chairperson of Soru Rural Municipality for taking ownership of the road and stressed the need for upgrading and maintenance in the coming days. Tika Sharma (HSWM) gave details from the Project Fact Sheet and Bishnu Ram Bista (PFM, MHLR) presented an overview of the project and activities carried out in the district. Mr Bista presented the handover documents of Road Design drawings, climate resilience and safety audit reports, IEE and completion report to Municipalities.

Continuation of GPS Survey for updating existing DRCN/PRN
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Mar, 2019

With the objective to update the District Road Core Networks (DRCN) and obtain data about municipality and ward centers for Karnali Province for the preparation of Provincial Transport Master Plan (PTMP), a GPS survey started from 4th March 2019 and is expected to complete by the 3rd week of March. Eight teams are mobilised in the field. Three Assistant Engineers, four Graduate Engineers and one technician are heading the survey supported by one IDO technician and one technical staff from respective municipality/rural municipalities. In the first phase of data collection, five teams were mobilised in Surkhet and three in Jajarkot. In the second phase, three teams in Dailekh, two in Salyan and three in Rukum-West were mobilized for the collection of data. As of 18th March 2019, 2567km of DRCN had been surveyed.

RAP3 Last Trimester
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Mar, 2019

RAP3 started in May 2013 and is now scheduled to complete at the end of June 2019 and hence the programme is now in its last Trimester. Up to the end of the last trimester in March 2019, overall cumulative physical progress to June 2019 stood at 99.66%, time elapsed at 95.87% and financial progress at 98.38%, all comfortably grouped and with 3 months’ time still in hand. Except for three initiatives proposed as part of its support to Federalisation programmes at the national and subnational level of government in Implementation Year 5, all component related activities have now been completed and field offices closed and equipment and physical assets handed over to local government and the RAP3 Mugu Humla Link Road sister project. Outstanding are the guidelines for Provincial Transport Master Plans (PTMP) for Karnali Province, guidelines for Municipal Transport Masterplans (MTMP) and Term Maintenance guidelines based on the pilot conducted by RAP3 over the past two years.

Women in Construction in Nepal
by: RAP 3      on: 18th Mar, 2019

On 15th March, Kirsteen and Ayasta from RAP3-MHLR participated in a workshop organized by UNOPS called “Challenges, resources, lessons learnt and ideas to promote the careers of women in the construction industry in Nepal.” The discussion highlighted the need for systemic changes to attain the Sustainable Development Goal for gender equality by 2030. Themes discussed included women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), succeeding in construction and leadership, reproductive health need, and violence and harassment.   

Shifting the gender disparity in the construction industry and STEM to equality requires addressing issues like the need for female role models, removing early age gender stereotypes where toys for girls and boys are different, changing the societal perception of the industry and improving marketing from universities and the construction industry to encourage more females. While family support is critical, the workshop felt that the industry stakeholders should set leading examples from equal pay to mentoring, and that models to empower women that have been successful in donor projects need to have a wider impact.

There are, however, challenges for women who enter the workforce. One of such areas is reproductive health needs. From the lack of facilities to the lack of flexible working hours, several factors affect female participation such as the type of work a woman can perform while she is pregnant are limited and considerate maternity/paternity leave, care share facilities, equal pay and incentives for contractors to manage their workforce better. Another issue that needs addressing is harassment. This begins with understanding what harassment is and looking beyond sexual harassment and into mental/verbal or any other form of abuse and ensuring reporting/responding mechanisms are part of all project designs.