Completion of LRN Induction, 8th Batch of Internship
by: RAP 3      on: 30th May, 2018

The LRN Induction conducted from May 21-29 has been successfully completed. Following the drop out of one intern now there are only 9 interns for this batch. All interns passed the LRN Assessment while three interns (Sanjay Dhami, Utsav Thapa and Ashish Poudel) managed to score distinctions. Sanjay Dhami scored highest with 90% in the assessment and was awarded the Intern cash prize. Interns will shortly move to their assigned districts after finishing some outstanding works at TMO.

Sincere Acknowledgment to Michael Green, Ruth McPake, Shankar Pokharel, Laxman Bhakta Dahi Shrestha, Mitra Shrestha, Bill Seal, Jagdish Prasad Gautam, Sandip Khanal, Ram Psd Neupane, TMO Assistant Engineers and MHLR Graduate Engineers for their considerable input during the LRN Induction.

HSPC procure grading machine for efficient cleaning and grading of seeds
by: ruth      on: 29th May, 2018

CONNECT partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) has co-invested with RAP3 CONNECT to purchase an Agrosaw Junior III seed grading machine for the efficient cleaning and grading of seeds. 

Previously farmers manually graded the seed; a labour intensive process. This machine, with little labour input, will produce a better quality of product increasing HSPC’s competitiveness in new markets and maintaining their competitive advantage in existing markets where they have a strong reputation for quality.

Removing the necessity to manually grade seeds is important as farmers in the supply chain increase production, hence, this intervention will not only increase efficiency but is also expected to build stronger relations between HSPC and farmers.

Future Entrepreneurs' Club members win first prize for Tapari business plan
by: ruth      on: 29th May, 2018

40 students, including ten RAP3 CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club members from Narayan Campus, Dailekh, participated in a business incubation workshop in Nepalgunj today.  The workshop was delivered by Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) in collaboration with RAP3 CONNECT.

We're delighted to announce that a team of students from Narayan Campus - Hariyo paat, sabai ko sath - won first prize for their business plan for Tapari (leaf plates).  The second team from Narayan Campus developed a business model to empower single women, providing women with the raw materials to make candles and offering a basic salary plus commission. 

YSBC runs the Social Business Challenge, an incubation programme for aspiring student entrepreneurs aimed at encouraging youth to create innovative business ideas and offering incubation, facilitation and financial support.  RAP3 CONNECT has partnered with  YSBC to deliver workshops in the Mid and Far West of Nepal.

TMO visit in Bajura
by: RAP 3      on: 29th May, 2018

RAP3 Deputy Programme Manager, Arjun Poudel and District Coordinator, Hom Nath Lamsal visited Bajura on 23-25 May 2018. The TMO visit team observed two new construction roads, namely Maure-Kailashmandu District Road and Maure-Toli-Chhatara District Road on 24th May 2018, where they observed the work of RBGs/SMGs and RMGs. A short meeting with the Mayor and other representatives from the Trivani Municipality was conducted and discussed the issue of land acquisition, preservation of the road right of way, favourable time for handover/takeover and maintenance of the road after handover.  The next day they visited the district headquarters at Martadi and met with chairpersons of DCC/DTO and other DCC/DTO officials.

IMC Video Team in Mugu
by: RAP 3      on: 28th May, 2018

Video documentary team Ben Walker and Adesh Baniya arrived in Mugu on 17th May 2018 and started work the same day. The team has been taking photos, videoing the road alignment of GDDDR and MHLR. Video interviews have been taken in the field with members of RBGs, SBGs, Drill crews, LRUCs and SMs and asked various questions about construction activities. These included when work started on this road, what benefits would be obtained after completion of the road, construction methodology, payment procedures, how RAP3 is helping the livelihoods of local poor people, safety issues and challenges faced. The team also conducted interviews with DCC Chairperson, Mayor, DCC Officer, DTO Chief and DTL about the impact after construction of the GDDDR and MHLR roads, impact on migration for work comparisons between equipment based and labour based and why RAP has adopted an equipment based approach for MHLR.

TMO Visit in Dadeldhura
by: RAP 3      on: 28th May, 2018

RAP 3 Deputy Programme Manager, Arjun Poudel and LRN construction specialist, Hom Nath Lamsal visited Dadeldhura district on 26-27 May 2018. The TMO visit team observed two term maintenance roads, namely Sakayal-Kailpalmandu (73DR005) & Raduwa-Parikhet-Ganeshpur-Badal (73DR009) on 26th May, where they observed the specific maintenance/spot improvement activities under the Road Term Maintenance Pilot Project. The next day they visited Gaira-Gankhet-Udikot (73DR011) road in which specific maintenance works (stone pitching, gabion soling) are ongoing.  RTL, Krishna Sharan Dhungana and GE Janak Kharel facilitated and explained about the progress status and project related issues of to the visit team.

TMO visit to Doti
by: RAP 3      on: 28th May, 2018

On 26th May,2018, Arjun Poudel, Deputy Programme Manager and Hom Nath Lamsal, LRN Construction Specialist, visited Gopghat – Latamandu (70DR012) to monitor the work of RMGs and SMGs. The work of SMGs, which consists of various gabion structures were monitored. Discussions included effective ways of constructing gabions using proper engineering techniques that result in optimum usage. Both the visitors complimented local teams on the improvement in workmanship which has resulted in workers earning more than the normal district daily wage rate.

FEC members attend business workshop
by: RAP 3      on: 27th May, 2018

Members of the RAP3 CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club, established in partnership with Narayan Campus, Dailekh, participated in a business workshop earlier today.  Club members came up with small business ideas and worked in groups to turn their business ideas into business plans before presenting their businesses to a panel of Narayan Campus Faculty. 


Bikash ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 25th May, 2018

Episode: 43                 

Broadcast Date: 27th May 2018

Issue: What did local level do in one year? Are locals voters satisfied?

Fiscal year 2074/75 is about to end and the Nepal Government has also presented policies and programs for fiscal year 2075/76. Very soon the budget plan for the coming fiscal year will also be presented. Currently, local levels are busy planning and budgeting for next year. This first year of local level was also a learning year. This week’s episode will explore the extent to which local levels are going to use their experience in next year's plan. It will also discuss their accomplishment of selected plans and whether they were able to fulfill the expectations of local voters?

Registration and Training of Producer Group at JRDR, Kalikot
by: RAP 3      on: 25th May, 2018

With the Jarkot-Ramnakot District Road construction works due for completion in March 2019, this registration programme is intended to link existing Road Building Groups (RBGs) with the government line agencies responsible for forming producer groups. Eleven producer groups were formed from 15 JRDR road building groups and formally registered in Pachaljharana rural municipality with the facilitation of RAP3 Kalikot. RAP3 Kalikot therefore organized two day of savings and credit training from 17 May to 20 May 2018 at JRDR. Altogether 33 members including 9 female participated in the training. The training was facilitated by Sunil Babu Shrestha, SDO, RAP3, Rajendra Shahi, resource person and Kal Bahadur Bam, Coordinator of Livestock Service at Pachaljharana rural municipality with support from social mobilizers.