CONNECT takes the bank to the farm gate
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Jun, 2017

For the first time Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) have taken the bank to the farm gate and CONNECT is delighted to confirm that PBL has delivered value chain financing loans totaling NPR 2.95 million to 117 ginger farmers.

In an unprecedented move to improve financial inclusion, Prabhu Bank staff travelled from Dhangadhi to remote areas of Doti to open bank accounts and disburse loans to ginger farmers who belong to our business partner, Organic Mountain Flavor’s supply chain.

CONNECT’s intervention, linking OMF, PBL and hundreds of farmers, is increasing financial inclusion and offering pathways to sustainable livelihoods for the poor.  Watch this short animation to learn more.

RMG Public Audit, Jumla
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Jun, 2017

RMG Public Audit for payment made from November 2016 to April 2017 through DCC was conducted from 25th June to 27th June 2017 in all RMGs working roads of Jumla. In the Audit programme, RMGs agreement expiry date, amount remained to be paid as per agreement, payments facilities, allowances provided and other similar topics were discussed. Likewise, work progress, problems and their mitigation measures were also discussed. Clarifications on issues raised and decisions in case of embezzlement are also made during the public audit event. It is the last opportunity for RMGs to complain about missing payments or materials or any other issues. After everything is settled, a future outlook on how to best make use of the scheme concludes the event.

Joint Visit of Improvement Projects in Morang
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Jun, 2017

A joint visit to Morang Improvement projects was conducted on 20th June. The team comprised DoLIDAR’s RAP Programme Co-ordinator Mohan Raj Chapagain, DTO Chief Rewati Raman Parajuli, LRNAMS Manoj Krishna Shrestha, DTL Harihar Bhandari, Improvement Team and contractor’s representative.  The purpose of the visit was to look at the condition of the road where the prime coat has been completed on the Pathari (Bhutanisiwir)-Sanischare Road and to update the status on defects on Khorsane-Kerabari Road. RAP will stand down at the end of the financial year after two years as Project Manager on these roads and hand supervision over to the DTO. Contractor PM Binod Gautam assured the team that they have planned to mobilise their plant from 29th June for pothole repairs before the monsoon is effective so that damage during the wet season would be under control for final repair after the monsoon.

CONNECT has facilitated the start up of 228 women owned micro enterprises
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Jun, 2017

Earlier this year, Unilever Nepal Limited agreed to scale-up their partnership with CONNECT and work towards appointing 600 Hamri Didis across CONNECT’s core Districts by 2018.  As the CONNECT programme reaches the end of it’s first year of implementation the partnership is well on its way to meeting this target.  To date, 382 HDs have been appointed, 228 of which are trading.

Jumli Beans sourced directly from small farmers now on sale in Bhatbhateni and Saleways
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Jun, 2017

CONNECT has been working with Aastha General Store, Jumla to build their supply chain, encouraging long term purchase agreements with farmers and sourcing retail markets.  We are delighted that Bhatbhateni and Saleways both recently took receipt of 2 metric tons of beans and are now offering for sale Jumli Beans in their Kathmandu stores.

Jumli beans, perceived as a specialty product by Nepalis and foreigners alike, typically retail at NPR 250+ per kg. By reducing the layers between producers and end markets CONNECT has reached this consignment to consumers at a maximum retail price of NPR 155 per kg. CONNECT’s intervention aims to increase commercial demand for Jumli Beans and improve the livelihoods of farmers in Jumla.

An export market strategy for Nepali ginger
by: RAP 3      on: 23rd Jun, 2017
Christina, a student on Exeter University’s OnePlanet MBA is in Nepal to work with our MSME partner Organic Mountain Flavor Limited on an international market discovery exercise to strengthen business development capabilities and author an export market strategy for ginger and other organic food and spice products from Nepal. Christina comes with 18+ years of experience with the Government of Canada in areas of rural and economic development and export policies.
Earlier today, in a well attended, interactive session Christina discussed her findings to date and hopes for OMF with RAP, DFID and IMC colleagues.
LRN Gravel supply, Jhapa
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Jun, 2017

Having signed a contract with DCC, Jhapa for the supply of gravel to DRCNs, Evergreen Construction, Garamani-7 has started supplying the gravel required to carry out routine and recurrent works by RMGs. This is one of two packages for the supply of gravel to DRCNs in Jhapa. The other package was won by J&J construction Pvt. Ltd, Damak-2 to which a letter for signing the contract has been issued by the DCC. The gravel will be very helpful for patching potholes and shoulder repair works. 

Meeting conducted in Patarasi Rural Municipality Jumla
by: RAP 3      on: 20th Jun, 2017

On 12th June 2017, Patarasi Rural Municipality Jumla conducted a meeting with all the non-governmental organizations that are working for the development of this municipality. RAP3 was represented by the site supervisor (IoW) Saroj Chaudhary and Intern Engineer Binod Yadav. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss on the progress and challenges faced by organizations during their implementation of work. RAP3 representatives asked for support from the municipality for smooth operation of works along with a mechanism to solve any disputes arising between the locals and RAP during the implementation of works.

How to Change the World
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Jun, 2017

James Walton and Sneha Shrestha from IMC Worldwide in Nepal recently participated in an exciting conference held in London for 750 engineering and management science students called How to Change the World. It’s a two week design and problem solving programme which aims to equip students with the skills to develop creative and technically robust solutions to 21st Century challenges. The programme brings in clients from government, NGOs and industry to help offer the students some guidance and expertise as they scope out their problem briefs and design their solutions. This year the students were tackling challenges around water, transport, energy, cities and the circular economy, all of which are framed around the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year, one of the student groups was asked to tackle the energy needs of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Nepal in ways that are affordable, safe and acceptable to the displaced populations and are feasible within the limits that the environment imposes. James and Sneha gave information to students on how IDP camps are administered, on the infrastructure and facilities in and around IDP camps, on the availability of heating stove technology, on education financing in IDP camps, on GoN cooperation with INGOs and on the reconstruction progress after the 2015 earthquakes.

RMGs orientation of SSDR Corridor
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Jun, 2017

On 12th -13th June 2017 RAP3 Kalikot completed two days training for three newly formed RMGs of  Sannighat-Syuna -Shipkhana District Road for implementing routine and recurrent maintenance activities before the monsoon. The main objective of training was to raise awareness for RMGs to prevent road assets from being damaged and to make the road pliable in all seasons. The programme was chaired by Deputy Mayor of Raskot Municipality Mrs. Minsera Bam Shahi and was attended by ward chairpersons, Secretary of Municipality and RMG members. 12 members were formed with participation of 6 women which contributed 50% of female access. The orientation was facilitated by GE Prabin Khatri, IE Sanjay Sigdel, IoW Harish K.C. and STS Bal Bahadur Rai.