Following the signing of an MOU between the British and Nepali governments earlier this year to expand the RAP3 by GBP36 million and extend the programme period from March 2017 to October 2019, the planning of Year 3 Implementation adopts a two stage strategy. The first stage is based on the current budget and time frame to the end of March 2017. This was submittedin Draft form on 21st December 2015 to DFID and GON for comment by 15th January 2016. This allows time for IMC to respond to comments and queries by 20th January 2016 after which the plan will be submitted to DFID for their formal approval by the end of the month. An Amendment No5 will be prepared after 15th January to be signed by DFID and IMC to allow implementation of IY3 to proceed from 1st February 2016.