First designed in 1999, the Rural Access Programme (RAP) has been implemented continuously since 2001 and is a bi-lateral programme between the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme is funded with grant assistance provided by UK Aid. The objective of RAP was to increase the economic opportunities available to the poorest and most vulnerable people in the remotest districts of Nepal. RAP provided employment for the poor to maintain and upgrade existing roads, construct new rural roads and upgrade socio and economic development where these were lacking. Implementation of the current RAP3 Implementation phase was started in 2013 which lasted until June 2019. Under its third phase, RAP’s Implementation focus was on the mid and far west of Nepal to address the low levels of road access in places with the highest levels of poverty, extreme remoteness, and lack of services and opportunities. RAP3 Implementation support included new road construction in four districts (Mugu, Humla, Kalikot and Bajura) and technical support for road maintenance in 10 districts in Nepal (including Jumla and Dailekh in the Karnali Province).
With the completion of RAP3 Implementation project, a new maintenance and resilience component under RAP3 MHLR has now started from 1st July 2019 to provide technical and management support for road maintenance to the Karnali Province through the Ministry of Physical infrastructure Development (MOPID) and its four Infrastructure Development Offices (IDO); to 25 Nagar Palikas and 54 Gaun Palikas.
Last week, the RAP3 Implementation team celebrated the lessons learnt and planned for the future with a workshop followed by a happy hour with former staff of RAP3 Implementation. The workshop highlighted the project implementation over the past six years and how we have performed as a programme. It has been a great privilege and an honor to have each individual working for RAP project with great effort and generosity of spirit. This is not the end. Maintenance and Resilience Pilot Component (MRPC) in Karnali Province now is the new beginning under the RAP3 MHLR new maintenance component.