Progress Reports

The final round of verification undertaken by the independent MEL unit for RAP3 provides a technical assessment of the quality of roads built by the programme that are either complete or close to completion.

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With 96.8% of physical progress achieved and 93.36% of the budget already spent, there are now 8 months remaining to the end of the programme, and some 9.65% of the programme duration.

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A List of field verification reports shows the status of verification activity. Findings and recommendations of verification reports are reviewed by management and fed into RAP3’s Continual Improvement Plan.

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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).

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This report covers the progress of RAP3 over the Third Trimester of FY 2074-75, 16th March to 15 July 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-March to mid-July 2018 (see page below). The key successes in the last trimester include: (a) Accomplished test drives of first 17km section of substantially completed new road in Mugu; (b) GIS training to IT technicians of Rural/Municipalities of 14 programme districts and RAP3 Graduate Engineers; (c) Pilot Term Maintenance using schedule of rates in DAD and DAI and road maintenance works by Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) in DAD, DOT, ACH, Dai and JUM completed; (d) Generated 430,371 employment days for poor households in 14 districts; (e) Equipment Based Road Works (EBRW) training in Mugu; (f) Climate resilience review of Nepal Rural Roads Standards; (g) Economic study of RAP roads; and (h) Connect leveraging from private sector in mid- and far-west.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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