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, RAP 3 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.

Researchers from Harvard visit Surkhet
by: RAP 3      on: 14th Aug, 2017

CONNECT are excited to be facilitating the Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design (HKS EPoD) team's visit to Chinchu and Taranga in Surkhet.  4 researchers have travelled half way across the world from Boston, USA to meet with ginger farmers who are part of Organic Mountain Flavor Private Limited's (OMF) supply chain.  OMF is a CONNECT MSME partner.  The visiting delegation are talking with ginger farmers to understand how interventions delivered through CONNECT's partnership with OMF impact and influence small farmers' decision making.  The team met with OMF's Managing Director Mr Samir Newa and staff at the processing facility in Chinchu before walking 6 -7 hours through Bardiya National Park to interview farmers in their homes.  The researchers are expected to share their initial observations on the impact of CONNECT's model for farmers in OMF's supply chain with DFID and us soon.

CONNECT celebrate International Youth Day
by: RAP 3      on: 13th Aug, 2017

To celebrate International Youth Day the National Academy of Science and Technology’s Future Entrepreneurs’ Club has collaborated with Prasodaya Higher Campus, Dhangadhi to organise a careers workshop.  The Club invited local business leaders, Mr Tek Raj Bhatta NIC ASIA Bank, Mr Gopi Hamal, local entrepreneur and Mr Shivhari Sharma Mudbari, NAST Principal to share their career experiences with Prasodaya Higher Campus students and, with the support of RAP3 CONNECT delivered a workshop on 'Tips to Prepare a winning CV and interview skills.' An event to both inspire students to think big when considering career paths and up-skill them, taking them a step closer to gainful employment.

Our Future Entrepeneurs' Club members in Dailekh, based in Narayan Campus, participated in a speech competition on "Youth's Role in sustainable development" organised by the Family Planning Office and Youth Club in Dailekh.

Dairy farmers in Dailekh purchase insurance
by: RAP 3      on: 11th Aug, 2017

Everest Insurance Company Ltd is granting livestock insurance to dairy farmers in Dailekh.  To date, 47 insurance scheme applications have been submitted and 25 farmers successfully completed the application process. By reaching this Government of Nepal subsidised scheme to small farmers CONNECT expects to reduce their risks significantly and encourage dairy farmers in our partner Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain to invest in increasing herd sizes.

RMGs Training at MK and MTC, Bajura
by: RAP 3      on: 9th Aug, 2017

RAP3 DTA Bajura has organized two days training (01-02 August 2017) on routine and recurrent maintenance for newly selected 18 members from 4 RMGs of Maure-Kalishmandu and Maure-Toli-Chhatara district road. Ram Singh Rawal, the Mayor of Tribeni Municipality inaugurated the programme. RAP 3 GEs and IOWs delivered the training with theoretical and practical sessions. Theoretical session provided knowledge about RMGs role and responsibilities, method of work supervision and payments along with the RAP safety procedures and guidelines. Practical session covered the construction of earthen drain, potholes patching, repairing of rills and gullies.