Programme Documents

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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As per DFID”s guidelines, RAP3 Asset Inventory are reported to DFID biannually. These are mainly IT related items, vehicles and other office equipment.

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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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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 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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 The Year 2 Implementation Plan was endorsed by the RAP Steering Committee on 29th January and allows a number of initiatives to kick off. These include a new communications strategy, road safety forum, development of M&E section of RAPID (RAP Integrated Database), a review of the SED Programme, launch of a Continual Professional Development (CPD) programme for engineers and launch of District sections on the website.

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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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A quick and easy guide to how RAP3 works with its district partners.

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A quick and easy guide to what RAP3 is all about.

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A quick and easy guide to how RAP3 works with its district partners.

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A quick and easy guide to what RAP3 is all about.

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Road safety is now becoming a major problem in Nepal. The Nepal Road Sector Assessment Study found that the rate of road fatalities (per 100,000 inhabitants per year) has risen to 17.1, compared to Cambodia 12.3, Malaysia 3.5, Australia 1.0 and the United Kingdom 0.7. The study also confirms that the rate of accidents is now increasing by over 25% each year.

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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.

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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.

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The Nepal Rural Road Standards (NRRS) were introduced in 2055 to set the classification and geometric design standards for the Local Road Network (LRN) to be followed by all those involved in the development of the network, including Users, User Committees, VDCs,  DDCs, DTOs, DOLIDAR and its development partners.

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