Progress Reports

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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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.

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The Sannnigaht-Syuna-Shipkhana district road (SSDR) is a newly constructed earthen road forming part of Kalikot’s District Road Core Network.The road construction started in October 2013 and has substantially been completed by December 2017, as standard norms of DoLIDAR. It was taken up by RAP3  based  on  Kalikot’s  5-Year  District  Transport  Master  Plan.  The  former  District  Development Committee  (DDC)  had  prioritized  this  road  mentioning  that  this  road  provides  road  facility to  large number of population in minimum investment. The road is 18 km long and serves the population of 22,824 comprising Phukot, Syuna, Shipkhana, and Mumra villages and 7 schools. The SSDR is now connected  to  Khulalui-Hilsa  (Karnali  corridor)  which  is  an  important  and  strategic  road  of  Nepal government and provides economic opportunities for the people of this area. It obviously increases access to regional and national markets, health and education sector.

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This report covers the progress of RAP3 over the First Trimester of FY 2074-75, 16th July to 15th November 2017. It provides data and information relating to progress of RAP3 over the last Trimester and plans for the next Trimester.
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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 report presents findings from the second of two rounds of verification in 2017 of RAP3 reported results. The verification exercise was undertaken by RAP3’s independent MEL component. It was conducted between July-August 2017. The objective of the Verification Round 2 assignment was to independently verify RAP3’s reported results against one significant Disbursement Linked Indicator (DLI) - employment days. Resulted were verified over the period of one year: July 2016 to June 2017 in the four construction districts (Bajura, Humla, Kalikot and Mugu) which collectively generate the most employment days outputs across RAP3.

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The Rural Access Programme Phase 3 continues to deliver significant results including:
(i) Delivery of 1.21 million decent work days to over 8,000 poor and vulnerable households (ii) Increased government funding of the labour based road maintenance approach that delivered over 80 days work each for 2,010 maintenance workers, and nearly £0.5m in GoN co-finance (iii) Improvements to Karnali Employment Programme (KEP) systems has helped the government deliver over 670,000 labour days in the Karnali region (iv) RAP Connect has leveraged £488,074 of investment into business benefitting 3,382 people

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This report covers the progress of RAP3 over the third Trimester of FY 2073-74, 16th March to 15th July 2017. It provides data and information relating to progress of RAP3 over the last Trimester. A Summary reviews the physical and financial progress of RAP at the end of the last Trimester. This shows cumulative physical progress in relation to the programme extended period i.e. June 2019. The programme physical progress has reached at 81.5%, time elapsed at 68.31% and financial progress at 71.52%, all nicely grouped. The summary also lists activities carried out last Trimester and those planned for the next Trimester.

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