Progress Reports

Policy Brief: Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) in Nepal

This policy brief explores the role of Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) that a number of donor programmes fund in Nepal to maintain and preserve of rural road assets. The brief highlights the dual benefit of this model in providing employment opportunities for poor community members that constitute the RMGs (a social protection function) and the basic maintenance works that help to keep rural roads open all year round (an asset preservation and basic access function).

Management of the Local Roads Network in Federal Nepal

RAP Policy Brief 2

This policy brief summarises the recent once-in-a-lifetime historical political change in Nepal with the country transitioning to a Federal Republic. The policy brief highlights this with respect to its effects on the Local Roads Network (LRN) sector. It highlights the recent political changes and potential impact on how rural roads are managed from an institutional and policy perspective.

Trimester Report: November 2017 - March 2018

This report covers the progress of RAP3 over the Second Trimester of FY 2074-75, 16th November 2017 to 15 March 2018. It provides data and information relating to progress of RAP3 over the last Trimester and plans for the next Trimester. RAP3 was on track in meeting progress and financial targets set for the trimester period mid-November 2017 to mid-March 2018 (see page iv). The key successes in the last trimester include: (a) Handover of 20km new road to Raskot Municipality in Kalikot; (b) Accomplished test drives of two substantially completed new roads in Bajura; (c) Second round of municipal workshops with 135 rural and urban municipalities to determine scope of RAP3 support to capacity building; (d) Third party financial audit of RAP3 spend; (e) Generated 423,925 employment days for poor households in 14 districts (f) Pilot Term Maintenance Programme using Schedule of Rates on going in core districts (g) CONNECT leveraging private sector funding for businesses in far west The main deliveries and activities for the next trimester (16 to 15 July 2018)

Progress Report on Media Campaign for Improved Interaction among Development Stakeholders in RAP3 Project District (January 2018 to March 2018)

This project progress report covers the activities from January 2018 to March 2018. During this reporting period AFN has produced 13 radio program episodes covering nine RAP 3 districts, namely Dadeldhura, Doti,Achham, Bajura, Dailekh,Humla, Jumla, Kalikot and Mugu. The program episodes were broadcast through 17 different radio stations of those districts and two other radio station from Banke and Kanchanpur district. And a field visit to conduct listeners' survey, audio collection and video capturing of road opening is carried out and 9 public hearing has been completed during this reporting period.

“RMGs Management Handover to Local Levels” to Technical Focal Persons of R/Municipalities

Following the signing of a bi-lateral agreement between the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the Department for International Development (DFID), the Rural Access Programme Phase 3 (RAP 3) is being implemented in 14 districtsof Nepal since 2013.  After the introduction of a Federal Government established through local elections, House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly elections in 2017, an important activity for RAP3 remains to handover Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) management to local levels. This follows GoN’s move to fully fund RAP3 RMG implementation costs from November 2016. To better equip them, RAP3 is providing training to DTO technical persons and technical focal persons of all municipalities/rural municipalities of the District where RAP3 RMGs are active. The purpose of this event is to make technical representatives clear about RMGs and their working procedure, RMG maintenance activities, tools and safety equipment, work plan template, timing of maintenance activities, inspection formats and contract templates as well as providing guidance on supervision and monitoring techniques. Accordingly, as a part of capacity enhancement of R/Municipalities and DTO technical personnel, two days training on “RMGs Management Handover to Local Levels” has been conducted by DTA, Sankhuwasabha.