British Ambassador and DFID Nepal’s Head of Office visit DAD
by: RAP 3      on: 19th Sep, 2014

The British Ambassador to Nepal, Andrew Sparke, the Head of DFID Nepal, Gail Marzetti, and Suman Baidya, DFID’s Infrastructure Advisor visited two roads in Dadeldhura on 9th September (8km Bhatkanda-Ashigram, and 29km Pokhara-Belapur). Here they can be seen discussing a range of issues including selection process of RMG members, targeting the poor , work approach, difficulties, adequacy and safety of equipment, women’s abilities to work, equality in payment, and travel time to work sites. 

District Communications Strategy
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Sep, 2014

Following a two week visit by Charlotte Maugham a District Communications Strategy was drafted in September. The idea is to provide district offices of RAP3 and its partners with common communications goals, key messages, core audiences, communications activities, indicators of successful communications and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). It also contains what are known as the Ten RAP3 Principles. The strategy will be reviewed at regular intervals by the RAP 3 programme management and communications team to ensure it reflects the programme as it evolves and moves towards an exit strategy.

District Communications Toolkit
by: RAP 3      on: 12th Sep, 2014

All members of the RAP 3 district teams – district technical assistance teams, socioeconomic development officers, private consultants, and international and local NGO service providers – are to use this toolkit as a working document to guide all communications activities. It sets out RAP 3’s district level:

    • communications goals;
    • key messages;
    • audience types;
    • communications activities; and
      • indicators of successful communications.

The annexes contain templates and materials to help make district communications activity and really useful. 

The Ten RAP3 Principles
by: RAP 3      on: 2nd Sep, 2014

1)  We are working in this district to improve the quality of life of local people.

2)  Our aim is to develop this district’s economy by strengthening government’s capacity and empowering local people to manage their community’s development.

3)  We increase the economic opportunities of the poorest and most marginalised households in this district by generating employment, improving connectivity and providing training in income generation activities.

4)  We respect the dignity of people, their culture, religion and customs.

5) We are accountable at all levels, but particularly to the local communities we seek to assist.

6)  We listen and learn from the communities we work with and actively encourage people to ask us questions and raise issues about the programme.

7)  We ensure that our assistance is transparent and we involve poor people and their communities in the planning of our activities.

8)  We have a zero tolerance policy on any form of corruption and bribery. We do not make contributions to political parties and do not make any forced contributions in cash or kind.

9)  We work to ensure equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of gender, age, caste, ethnicity or religion.

10)  We actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all RAP 3 employees and the communities we work with.

Annual LRN Engineering Course
by: RAP 3      on: 1st Sep, 2014

An Annual RAP3 Engineering Course has been developed to be held by all District Team Leaders, field Engineers and Support Consultants to build competence in LRN engineering as part of RAP’s new Continual Professional Development (CPD) Programme. The five day course is part of efforts by RAP3 to build engineering expertise in the engineering sector in the LRN subsector and all participants are required to sit an examination on the last day.

The first course started on September 14th following the 2014 Annual Review for Core Districts in Nepalgunj and was attended by all District Team Leaders, RAP3 Engineering Officers, Support Consultants REs and AREs as well as representatives of District DTO offices.

For RAP3 engineers an annual pass is a condition of remaining in RAP3 with up to three resits permitted every twelve months. SEDO DTLs and DTO staff will sit the examination as well to assess general competence but are not obliged to pass as a condition of remaining on the programme.

The course has required a considerable effort on the part of the TMO Engineering Team who are delivering the course. The contents of the course are shown in the left hand table and cover Planning, Design, Procurement and Implementation. The Annual LRN Engineering course for the Pilot Districts will be held in Kathmandu from Saturday 20th September to Wednesday 24th September 2014 just before the start of the Desain and Tihar Festivals.

First Year Audit Results
by: RAP 3      on: 1st Sep, 2014

A qualified and experienced audit team, formed by consultants from the three different backgrounds, have done over 50 technical, social and financial audits since March 2014, investigating the performance of all the RAP3 Districts as a vital part of the management of the programme.

Half of the audits are related to engineering matters as it is the main component of the Programme. The main issues observed have been related to misunderstanding of the ARAMP guidelines, lack of supervision of works, and interpretations of the LRN’s procurement procedures.

A quarter of the audits relate to compliance with the SED Guidelines. In general, the selection and formation of the members has followed the guidelines but the number of women on committees is often short of the 33% minimum target. Other issues relate to use of safety equipment and First Aid, raising awareness of RAP3 objectives and the use of information boards on site.

Financial audits have focused on checking administrative procedures and examining the RAP3 Cashbook including small errors on the billing, timesheets records, or inventory updates.