Programme Documents

For the 2016/17 construction season RAP3 launched piloting of a new approach for the performance of Specific Road Maintenance which covers spot improvements to deal with critical access bottlenecks on the DRCN. Piloting was performed in Achham, Dailekh, Doti and Jumla with an annual budget per District of NRs 6 million under RAP3 direct funding. This report presents feedback on this first year of piloting in order to inform the intended further pilotingthrough a 2nd year (2017/18 i.e. RAP3 IY4) and is based largely on post-work questionnaires combining the views of RAP3 DTA, DCCs and the SMGs.

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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.

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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: indra.adhikari@rapnepal.com

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As part of the RAP district communication strategy, the weekly RAP 3 sponsored Radio Show is an important component. Titled as Road to Development, this program is driven entirely by local people and development issues that receive importance at the local level. Using a toll free number provided, local people are encouraged to express their thoughts and experiences on what's working and what's not working with the RAP program as well as other broader development issues.

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On the 4th December 2015, the Nepal Engineering Council, with support from the Rural Access Programme (RAP3) and the UK’s Department

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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.

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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.

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RAP CTA, DTO and RAP3 field offices have been analysed and safety items put in place. The review of the Health and Safety is done every year.

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This briefing paper summarises the mechanism for managing the continual improvement (CI) process on RAP3.  The overall process for CI Management is summarised in the diagram below, which is explained further in the remainder of this paper.

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RAP3 assisted DOLIDAR to develop a plan to connect VDC centres that are at present not connected by road to the DRCN. This programme will use GON funding leaving development partners to concentrate on maintenance and improvement of the DRCN. Data from DTMP and Districts envisaged that 584 VDC centres yet to be connected by road network. For this, a total of 7269km new road to be constructed to link all the VDC centres. In current fiscal year 2071/72 (2014/15), MoFALD/DoLIDAR has a provision of an additional budget of NPR 450 million for this purpose. Initially, DoLIDAR planned to provide budget with road name/s according to DTMP priority but later this has been differed and issued budget expenditure authority to respective DDCs with special instructions mentioning that the selection of road/s and budget allocation should be based on the DTMP priority/list to boost up the GON decentralisation policy. Accordingly the budget expenditure authority were issued to 51 DDCs (ranging from NPR 5 to 15 million).

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RAP3 is a large and complex programme that requires an efficient management system. The performance management component includes general programme management; quality management; financial management; risk management; and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). 

RAP3 is managed according to the principles and requirements of the International Standards Organisation (ISO). Internal Audits are a key aspect of the management system and apply to all aspects of RAP3, including implementation through other partners or Government.

 

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Based on the findings of the Nepal Road Sector Assessment Study (NRSAS), DOLIDAR undertook its first Annual LRN Inventory Survey in 2012 assisted by the RTI Maintenance Pilot funded through RAP2. Subsequent publications of the document have been supported by RAP3 funding and TA. Till date DTMPs of 55 districts have been prepared/updated and the LRN Inventory also compiled on January 2015. A total of 52,883km of Rural Roads have been constructed till 2014. Of which, DRCN Roads is about 23,192km and Village Roads is 29,690km. Of the total DRCN Roads; blacktopped is 1161km (5%), gravelled 6229km (26.4%) and earthen surface is 15902km (68.6%). Likewise Village Roads consists; blacktopped 528.9km (1.8%), gravelled 6295.9km and earthen surface 22865.8km. Data reveals that a total of 7269km new DRCN roads need to be constructed to connect remaining 584 VDCs centres that have no road network access yet. Other details can be obtain from LRN Inventory 2015.

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This strategy document sets out our approach to improving both internal and external communications at district level. Effective district level communications activities will work to build awareness of RAP 3’s identity, values, activities and progress.

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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.

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The overall objective of the workshop was to introduce the programme to the GoN partners, DoLIDAR and DDCs/DTOs. It also provided an opportunity for exchange of ideas and experiences of the main stakeholders of the programme districts. 

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In order to share the pertaining issues concerning their current work on RAP3 what has gone well and what has not and what we might do about setting this right, one day workshop was held on 5th June 2014 at Dhokaima Café, Lalitpur.

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Rural Access Programme started in 2001 with the financial grant assistance of UK government to the Government of Nepal completed its two phases of its implementation in seven rural hill districts of Nepal. At present, the programme is extended to 14 districts focusing to mid-west hill and mountain districts of Nepal. 

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