Bikash Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Apr, 2018

Episode: 38  Broadcast Date: 22nd April 2018          

Issue: Employment opportunities created by RAP3; how the opportunities have changed the lifestyle of locals.

This week we will discuss about the employment opportunities created by RAP3. While constructing rural roads, RAP3 is also providing employment opportunities to locals of that area.  This kind of employment opportunities has helped locals to earn their livelihood. Even migrant labors have come back to their village to work in roads. Likewise, females have built up confidence in themselves while working for RAP3. This way, RAP3 has helped rural areas to be connected with roads and has also helped locals of that area to be economically and socially stable. The content of this episode will roam around this issue and male and female road workers of RAP3 will be interviewed. They will share their experience while working in road under RAP3.

Wooden Stone Carriers Trialled in Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 18th Apr, 2018

During a TMO visit in March looking at safety issues, one of the Himalayan Medics team noticed that our workers were struggling to carry stones for the gabion boxes and explained how in Solukhumbu, in Eastern Nepal, workers there use a locally designed wooden carrier to make their work easier.  This seemed like a good idea so they described the carrier in detail to a carpenter in Gamgadhi who made three carriers to trial.  These wooden stone carriers cost just Nrs 900 and during the trials the RAP3 workers found them to be very good – it protects them from bruises, cuts and scrapes on their backs, is easier to load and unload, and is easier to carry the stones over distances.  This wooden carrier works out more cost effective than the traditional woven baskets and better for the workers than just carrying the stones directly on their backs.  Best of all RAP3 has facilitated the transfer a locally developed solution from East Nepal to the West.  The RAP3 team in Mugu are already making more of these wooden stone carriers for their road workers to use, and perhaps if we demonstrate how good they are, others in the area might also take up the idea. Photos show current practice of protecting the back with a cloth and the new wooden carriers that is designed to protects the back

First PENG Awards in Nepal
by: RAP 3      on: 18th Apr, 2018

On 9th April, 2018, an event was held by NEC at Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole to distribute Professional Engineer (PEng) title to thirteen successful candidates. This title is the first of its kind to be launched in Nepal that gives experienced engineers international recognition and accreditation for their skills and qualification. DFID funded RAP 3 played a pivotal role in steering NEC to launch this title by offering technical and financial support from the very beginning. The event was attended by Honorable Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport- Mr. Raghubir Mahaseth, Guest of Honor Head of DFID-Nepal- Dr. Rurik Marsden, OBE, Programme Manager of RAP 3-Mr. Michael Green, President of NEA-Mr. Hare Ram Shrestha, Dr. Bindu Lohani and other distinguished guests. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest followed by an address from the Guest of Honor and the Chief Guest. The main highlight of the event was the title distribution ceremony after which congratulatory messages from ICE, UK and Bangladesh were read out and handed over to the Chairperson of NEC- Mr. Satya Narayan Shah. The event was concluded by inviting guests for cocktail snacks, which was arranged, to celebrate the success of thirteen PEng title holders.

RMG Payment Certification by Municipalities
by: RAP 3      on: 18th Apr, 2018

Following the completion of RMG management handover orientation training to the RAP3 focal persons, Sindhupalchowk DTA team has started engaging technical focal persons in preparation of monthly work plans for RMGs, regular supervision and preparation of payment certification. The first round of RMG payment certification has been completed by the TFPs of respective R/municipalities for the routine maintenance works within their municipalities for the month of Chaitra 2074. This will help to increase their capacity to manage the routine maintenance works on their own after the programme handover from RAP3 to the local levels by the end of this fiscal year.

Work starts on pond irrigation in Dullu, Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 18th Apr, 2018

Work has started on irrigation ponds in Dullu, Dailekh.  Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) are investing with CONNECT, Dullu Municipality and local communities in four new irrigation ponds that will benefit farmers in HSPC’s supply chain, increasing both cultivation area and seed production.  Last year, HSPC invested in three new ponds and repaired two others in Malika, Dailekh to the benefit of 159 farmers in their supply chain.

Joint Monitoring Visit - Dadeldhura
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Apr, 2018

DTA Dadeldhura organized a Joint Monitoring Visit on 12th and 13th April 2018. The visit team comprised of DCC chairperson, vice-chairperson, District Coordination Officer, Programme Officer, DTO officials, Chairperson/Vice person and ward chairperson of the respective R/municipality and RAP DTAs. The main purpose of the visit was to witness up-to-date progress of works (maintenance/ improvement), maintain transparency and accountability as well as collect feedbacks/suggestions for improvisation during implementation of works. Participants were satisfied with the work progress of improvement project and appreciated the maintenance works carried out by RMGs with support from RAP3. Ganesh Raj Bhatta, Chairperson of DCC Dadeldhura appreciated the generation of the local employment and expressed his concerned about the impact of more and more road being bulldozed without proper care of the environment.

CONNECT CDM completes cross cluster monitoring visit
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Apr, 2018

CONNECT District Manager, Kushal Hamal has completed a cross cluster visit to Achham and Doti, part of our internal monitoring process.  During the visit Kushal met with partners in Achham and Doti, poultry farmers, Ginger producer, Hamri Didis and recipients of support from KUSOM MBA students.

Bikash ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 13th Apr, 2018

Episode: 37        Broadcast Date: 15th April 2018                            


Issue: Raskot Road Opening

This week, we will discuss about the road opening of Raskot Municipality, Kalikot. RAP3 constructed 18 Kilometer road in Raskot Municipality and it was officially inaugurated on 31st January 2018. This episode will roam around road opening event and will focus on the positive impact of the road construction. This episode will feature positive stories of locals of Raskot about how road access has brought development in their area. They will share their feeling of working with RAP3, the feeling when they first saw vehicle. They will also share their plans, hope for development that came along with road.

CONNECT partner Shoba Trader & Order Suppliers (STOS) conducts a public meeting
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Apr, 2018

On April 9, 2018 CONNECT partner Shoba Trader & Order Suppliers (STOS) conducted a public meeting to share information about their business model with up and downstream suppliers, local government and community members.  During the meeting the CONNECT team explained the pilot modality, objectives and areas of support offered to STOS. Mr Gopal Bhat, proprietor of STOS, explained how the financial support received from CONNECT has been utilised, the activities delivered and how STOS is supporting farmers in their supply chain through long term contracts and subsidised inputs.

During the meeting, STOS renewed contracts with 13 downstream suppliers and signed contracts with an additional 24 downstream suppliers.

RAP3 welcomes Market Development Forum Nepal members
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Apr, 2018

On April 6, 2018  RAP3 welcomed members of the Market Development Forum Nepal’s (MDFN) for a learning event and meeting.  MDFN Convener, Mr Bharat Upadhyay acted as the master of ceremony and  Mr Govinda Ghimire, President, Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association – a CECI partner organisation - gave a presentation on the Challenges of Market System of Non-Timber Forest Products - Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs).

MDFN was formed to enable like-minded development practitioners to share knowledge and experience, and to learn about new ideas for pro-poor market development.  Read more about the forum on their website.