Honourable Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Mr Hit Raj Pande launched the book “Statistics of Local Road Network (SLRN) 2016” on 10 February 2017 prepared with the technical and financial assistance of Rural Access Programme Phase 3 in Kathmandu. The statistical book consists of LRN inventory data documented in District Transport Master Plan and GIS based district maps of 75 districts. This also includes the list of Local Road Bridges and their status.
The 2016 DFID Annual Review recommended that IMC shift its Implementation Year to align with the GON fiscal year, normally 16th July to 15th July the following year. It was agreed that the best way to do this would be to extend IY3 by 5 months to the end of June using results derived from the new LogFrame. This suggests that the next Annual Review should start by May 2017, which is the end of the working season, and be completed by July to allow its recommendations feed into the design of IY4.
CONNECT, RAP3’s Business Development initiative, kicked off with a meeting in Doti on 6th June, 2016. Chaired by the LDO of Doti, Mr. Basudev Regmi, the meeting was introduced to the idea of a business incubation centre called the Idea Studio. Part of the Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM), it provides a platform for innovators and experts from academia, the private, technical and development sectors, to transform innovative ideas into successful businesses. From more than 600 ideas in the fields of agriculture, education, information technology and tourism, a total of 35 of the most creative business ideas were selected for mentorship at the incubation centre. Rupesh Krishna Shrestha, Associate Professor from Kathmandu University and the Departmental Director of Idea Studio, explained how Idea Studio invites concepts and ideas to the following address: PO Box 376 Bakhundol, Lalitpur, website: www.ideastudio.org.np phone number: 01-5520374 or contact RAP3 Office in Doti, phone number: 094420233, email: email@example.com
As a results-based programme, RAP3 invoices against achievement of milestones and the targets set out in the LogFrame, which was endorsed by the Steering Committee on 29th January 2015. Achievement of the key results of the LogFrame is measured in May each year when DFID conducts its Annual Review.
This document sets out RAP3’s approach to preventing and detecting corruption within our implementation team and partners, and tackling corruption where we encounter it in the government agencies and communities we work with. We recognise that corruption in Nepal is a serious problem and that there is no single measure to prevent and detect it across a large programme in a corrupt environment. An effective internal control environment requires the integration of a range of financial and operational controls across all processes, policies, practices and partnerships.
New road construction projects have been commenced in 4 core districts – Humla, Mugu, Bajura and Kalikot, prioritised as per DoLIDAR’s DTMP procedures. For these new construction roads huge quantities of gabion boxes are required. As planned, procurement of gabion boxes and its delivery were performed in Yr-I and Yr-II. However, during February 2016 on a DC field visit note (Refer Annex1: FIELD VISIT REPORTs) to Kalikot (03rd - 15th January 2016) and later to Bajura (12th -19th February 2016), some quality issues had been raised regarding gabion boxes supplied by Hulas Wire Industries Ltd. The quality issues were: mechanical connections of end panels to main body and size of diaphragms and end panels of the gabion boxes.
This document presents a proposal for the second phase of RAP MEL’s implementation phase covering the period August 2015 to August 2016. During recent months, discussions with DFID, DoLIDAR and RAP have highlighted the need to adjust MEL’s activities, deliverables, and working model to respond to the lessons learned from the first phase of implementation (June 2014 to July 2015) and to ensure that MEL’s work remains relevant to the emerging needs of MEL’s stakeholders.
This Road Sector Assessment Study has been prepared by the World Bank with the active involvement of the Government of Nepal, the Department for International Development (DFID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The purpose of this study is to determine the current status of the road sector in Nepal, identify the main issues and roblems it is facing, and provide practical means to address them. It is the result of an extensive process of consultations with the Government of Nepal, both during the implementation of the study as well as in the review and approval of the study findings.
To date DOLIDAR’s norms and specifications for LRN were labour based only. NRSAS recommended that equipment norms be developed for the full range of infrastructure works carried out by DOLIDAR and the districts. This was completed in 2014 through assistance to DOLIDAR by RAP3.
The length of district roads under the responsibility of the District Development Committees (DDCs) has recently increased significantly with the reclassification of most village roads as class B district roads, without any corresponding increase in resources to the DDCs. Information on actual road lengths is not available due to a lack of road inventory and condition data, partly as a result of confusing and extensive data requirements.