DFID Annual Review Team in Kalikot
by: RAP 3      on: 9th Jun, 2017

On 6th June 2017, DFID Annual Review team, comprising  of Gareth Weir, June Shrestha, Nina Schuler from DFID, Raj Kumar Rai from RMO, Vishal Gadhavi from MEL and Christopher Tomlinson from KEP visited RAP3 office in Kalikot. The review team attended meeting at DCC Kalikot where acting LDO Charka Bahadur Shahi, RAP3 DTA team, representatives of DFID funded programme such as KEP, NCCSP and CDP also participated.  DTL Bishnu Ram facilitated the meeting, briefing on objective of the visit. An open discussion took place in which the review team asked about the impacts of RAP, and the district and GON perceptions of these impacts.

Introducing CONNECT's first interns
by: RAP 3      on: 8th Jun, 2017

The CONNECT team is growing!  Happy to welcome two interns, Niva Shakya and Milipa Thapa who started their one month induction training on 1st June 2017. Niva, has a background in management from Kathmandu University and before joining RAP volunteered with International Citizen Service and Milipa recently graduated from the Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh, majoring in Economics with a double minor in Development Studies and Mathematics. After completing orientation, Niva and Milipa will start their postings in CONNECT’s core District

DFID Annual Review visit to Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 7th Jun, 2017

Nina Schuler, Gareth Weir, Raj Kumar Rai and June Shrestha from DFID Nepal, Vishal Gadhavi from MEL and Christopher Tomlinson from KEP visited the RAP3 office in Dailekh on 5th June 2017. DTL Rajendra Kumar Shrestha held a joint meeting with the DCC, DTO, DFID, MEL, KEP and RAP3. On 6th June, the team visited the Mathillo-Dungeshwor-Dadaparajul District Road (60DR031) to observe maintenance activities implemented by RMGs and SMGs assigned to that road. On the way to Kalikot, the team conducted a meeting with Hatemalo Cooperative (MSME#9) at contact office of Hatemalo Cooperative.

On 8th June 2017, the team visited Belpata diary (MSME#3) and interacted with Executive Committee of the Dairy, farmers, trade hub, DLSO, Prabhu Bank, Insurance Company and buyers of dairy supplies. Then after AR visit team left Dailekh for Nepalgunj completing field visit.

CPD training in Jumla
by: RAP 3      on: 7th Jun, 2017

As part of the capacity building under Continual Professional Development (CPD) RAP3 DTA conducted four days of LRN training from 1st - 4th June 2017 to DTO/SC/RAP staff. LDO Hari Narayan Belbase and CDE Raj Kumar Goit delivered short speeches during the opening session and requested all the members to actively participate in the training. The LRN courses were delivered by Prabhash Pokharel (GE), Ram Krishna Sharma (SAME) and Binod Yadav (IE) covering all the modules of Procurement, Implementation, Quality Control and Bio-engineering. Altogether 14 members attended the training out of which 9 members were from DTO and 5 from RAP3 DTA. An examination was conducted at the end where Binod Yadav (IE) obtained the highest mark (81.25%) from RAP3 DTA and Chudamani Bhatt (Sub-engineer) obtained highest mark (72.50%) from DTO staff.

Logistics support to DCC Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 7th Jun, 2017

As part of the Annual Support Plan 2016/017 DTL Mohan Ruwali handed over a colour printer, two cameras and SW Road Software to DCC LDO Bijaya Raj Poudel in his chamber on 5th June 2017. The DTA plan is that the SW software will help DCC/DTO technicians with design and cost estimation of road works while other items will support the supervision and monitoring of DCC/DTO projects. The LDO heartily thanked RAP3 for providing such kinds of logistical support. He assured all concerned that this support will be used to improve the service delivery of DCC/DTO and its support to the new municipalities being formed under the emerging federal structure of GoN.

A winning public private partnership
by: RAP 3      on: 7th Jun, 2017

Delighted that IMC Worldwide have been shortlisted for Collaboration Champion of the year at The Consulting and Engineering Awards 2017 for UKaid funded RAP3 CONNECT’s partnership with Unilever Nepal Limited and Prabhu Bank Limited. With fantastic support from Unilever Nepal and through close collaboration we have selected, appointed and trained hundreds of women in the Mid and Far West of Nepal to trade as Hamri Didis, Unilever’s direct to door sales agents. This innovative model is paving the way to economic independence for hundreds of rural women in the remotest parts of Nepal.

Training on SW-Road (Road design software)
by: RAP 3      on: 5th Jun, 2017

RAP3 DTA Kaiikot conducted training on SW-Road (Road design software) for 4 days to sub engineers and engineers of DTO/DCC/SC and RAP intern engineer from 30th May 2017. The programme was chaired by Ratna Bhandari, DTO engineer. The training was facilitated by Ramesh Khatakho, Engineering Officer RAP3 Kalikot. Pradip Raj Adhikari, LDO of District Co-ordination Committee Kalikot distributed training certificates to all participants of both AutoCAD and SW-Road on 2nd June 2017 and concluded the training. 

Formation of Road Maintenance Group (RMG) in SSDR Corridor
by: RAP 3      on: 2nd Jun, 2017

RAP 3 DTA Kalikot organized a mass meeting at the premises of Raskot Municipalitiy for the formation of Road Maintenance Group (RMGs) on 30th May 2017 under the chairmanship of Vice Mayor Mrs Minsara Bam Shahi. The main objectives was to select RMGs from existing Road Building Groups to preserve assets by starting the routine and recurrent maintenance activities on Sannighat-Shyuna-Shipkhana Road. SDO Sunil Babu Shrestha with support of field staff selected 12 members (3 RMG groups) for 18 KM road corridor including 50% female members. The priority was given to dalit, single women and disadvantaged groups. 3 RMGs were formed consisting of 4 members in each group for each 6 KM road length. Vice Mayor suggested the selected members to perform work as per working procedures of RMGs and develop sense of feeling as own property. She thanked RAP 3 for starting of maintenance work in SSDR, the only road in Raskot Municipality.

SafetyKnot Nepal’s SS4SC starts in Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 2nd Jun, 2017

SafetyKnot Nepal’s team members (Dr. Ashma Vaidya, Tsering Kongtsa, and Monila Parajuli) have arrived in Gamgadhi, Mugu to start the implementation of Scoping Study for Safer Communities (SS4SC) (pilot project) programme related activities. Work has started as of 30th May, 2017 at Gamgadhi for four months period. SS4SC team members are working at RAP 3 Mugu, MHLR office space. Currently they are working on the recruitment and selection of community mobilisers through LNGO (Reconstruction & Research Development Center (RRDC), Mugu) with the support from RAP3 Mugu district staff. SS4SC’s main objective is to assess the prevalence of unintentional injuries in Mugu, provide injury prevention training to the communities and to assess the effectiveness of the training tools which include face to face and mobile phone training.

PACC formalises trade agreement with Regmi Mandi
by: RAP 3      on: 2nd Jun, 2017

CONNECT’s business partner Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre (PACC) has formalised a rolling one-year trade agreement with Regmi Mandi.  This agreement commits Regmi Mandi to buy 73 metric tons of fresh vegetables.  With contracts like this in place PACC can encourage farmers in their downstream supply chain to increase production by offering buy-back guarantees.