MEL team visit in Sindhupalchowk district
by: RAP 3      on: 3rd Aug, 2017

On 31st July 2017, MEL team comprising of Navin Subedi, Vishal Gadhavi, and Hare Ram Shrestha visited DTO Sindhupalchowk. The schedule of visit was to learn the practice of preparation of ARAMP, the obstacles, challenges and future plan regarding ARAMP preparation. They had discussion meeting with RAP3 team, DTO engineers and SNRTP engineers. Madhav Jung karki, CDE Sindhupalchowk, highlighted the obstacles we are facing at a moment due to re-structuring of government, he emphasized the non-clarity of government proceedings.

The CONNECT team piloting a data collection tool
by: RAP 3      on: 3rd Aug, 2017

To improve efficiency and accuracy of data collection CONNECT are piloting the use of KoBoToolbox, a suite of tools for field data collection.  This open source software, developed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is free.  Over the next month the CONNECT team in Doti will use Kobo to collect data pertaining to one of our MSME partners.  If the results are positive, CONNECT will embed the use of Kobo across all programme partners and interventions.

Farewell to an engineering intern
by: RAP 3      on: 3rd Aug, 2017

A farewell program was organized to Gautam Khadka, an engineering intern at RAP3 DTA, Dailekh on 31st July 2017. He completed his first half of internship (3 months) assisting the technical team in Dailekh and has been transferred to Kalikot to complete the other half of internship programme. RTL, Rajendra Kumar Shrestha thanked him for his contribution during his stay at Dailekh, wishing him boundless success in the future and also requested him to keep in touch. Mr. Khadka as well stated that he had great experience working as an intern in Dailekh and thanked all the staff for their continual love & support.

Radio public hearing for development
by: RAP 3      on: 2nd Aug, 2017

In collaboration with RAP3, Mugu a second phase public hearing was jointly conducted by Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) and Mugu FM 107.4 MHz on 01st August, 2017 at Gamgadhi-Dhaina-Dhulachour District Road Core Network which is situated in Chhayanath Rara Municipality ward no. 3 Nigale. The hearing was chaired by Bijaya Raj Poudel, Local Development Officer, DCC  and was attended by Chief guest Harijung Shahi, Municipality Chief, Mayor of Chhayanath Rara Municipality Nara Bahadur Rawal, ward no. 3 chairman, district level political parties, journalists, local beneficiaries (RBGs/SBGs)  and representatives of the local people. The objective of hearing was to support the delivery of development activities at all level in a transparent manner and raise awareness among stakeholders and beneficiaries about development issues.

CONNECT interns join training at DFID
by: RAP 3      on: 1st Aug, 2017

CONNECT’s interns, Milipa and Niva, joined a training session on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Nepal at DFID Nepal’s offices this week.  The training, arranged by the Risk Management Office (RMO), was delivered by Dr Mukta S. Lama, Tribhuvan University. Dr. Lama, an indigenous rights activist and Lecturer on Sociology & Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Dr Lama completed his doctoral studies in anthropology from Cornell University. His Phd was on 'Himalayan Indigeneity: Histories, Memory and Identity among Tamang in Nepal'.  Dr. Lama's training and the Checklist for Indigenous Audit of Development Projects shared by DFID-GIZ  RMO have proved great learning for CONNECT as we seek to more intentionally respond to the Leave No One Behind Agenda.

CONNECT partners recruit new operations staff
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Jul, 2017

Two of CONNECT’s partners have recruited new team members to support operations and financial management, taking another step towards sustainability.  Hatemalo Seed Production Cooperative have appointed an Operations and Bookkeeping Officer and Belpata Dairy Cooperative an Operations and Accounts Manager.  CONNECT facilitated the recruitment process, supporting partners to appoint suitable candidates that will become long term assets to the businesses.

Hazards of RMG Supervision in the Monsoon
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Jul, 2017

The Jumla DCC RAP3 office has written to our Kathmandu headquarters to notify us that IoW Saroj Chaudhary and IE Binod Yadav met with an accident during their visit to 63DR008b (Jumla – Urthu - Bumramadichaur-Bulbule). They were on a field visit for RMG supervision and meeting with SMG members regarding measurement and final payment. On the way they have to cross a wooden bridge over the Dorse Khola. The bridge was wet and bike slipped directly into the river together with IoW. Luckily he suffered only minor injuries, but the bike was dragged approximately 25m by high flowing river. Photo shows local people and the army helping them to pull the bike out of the river.

Doti declares “Open Defecation Free District”
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Jul, 2017

Under the chairmanship of Krishna Prasad Gautam (LDO),  District Coordination Committee (DCC) organized a programme on 12th July 2017 to declare Doti as “Open Defecation Free District”. The programme was attended by Chief guest Prakash Kumar Dhungana (Chief Judge -High Court Dipayal), special guests  Mayor/Chairperson and other elected members, representatives from the political parties, line agencies, Finland representative, UNICEF and RAP3 (RTL and GE). All the participants marched from Indrachock, Silghadi to the programme venue DCC hall.

RMG worker’s dream comes true
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Jul, 2017

Mr. Praje Wod Kami, a member of the Lamchu Road Maintenance Group, Dhakari Rural Municipality in Achham, has expressed his great happiness to be able to purchase a cellphone. After being employed as a member of road maintenance group, he bought his first cellphone from his first wages.He is excited to share his happiness and said, "I  had a dream that one day I would have my own phone. My dream came true when I got an opportunity to work on the road. Now I can talk to my family whenever I miss them. I am very thank full to RAP3.”51 year old Mr. Praje is one of the poor and disadvantaged people of the rural villages in Achham who has not enough land to feed his family. He feels very blessed to have such an employment opportunity in his own village.

Unilever Nepal explores KGG as a partner to hold its Hamri Didi distribution channel to accelerate expansion and secure long term sustainability of the networ
by: ruth      on: 21st Jul, 2017

On CONNECT's encouragement, Unilever Nepal is looking to the future and planning for the long term sustainability of their Hamri Didi network.  Earlier today CONNECT facilitated a meeting between Mr Mukund Ghimire, Assistant Sales Manager, Unilever Nepal and Ms Sita Adhikari, Founder, Kalpavriksha Great Goods (KGG) (link is external) to discuss working together to expand product mix and support the Hamri Didis over the long term.  KGG is a women led rural wholesale distribution network that sells solar lights and other clean technology, women's hygiene products and water filters. Unilever Nepal is committed to the HD network as a distribution channel for their products but acknowledges that the hundreds of women involved could reap greater benefits, and de-risk by trading multiple products.