Economic infrastructure needs are linked closely to the income generation opportunities identified through Market Systems Analysis and the Government’s District and Village Development Planning process. RAP3 is following a Community Asset Management approach that includes new construction, capacity building, and operation and maintenance (OM) to ensure sustainable use of all infrastructure interventions. This approach helps Village Development Committees (VDCs) and users to maintain and manage the full range of local infrastructure assets.
RAP3 used a Market Systems Development approach to identify market constraints; clarify the roles of different market functions and stakeholders; and address the causes of weak performance in each district or market area.
We actively addressed challenges to productivity such as out-migration, gender inequalities and limited livelihood choices. The approach focused on better access to markets; promotes new and viable livelihoods choices; reduces food insecurity; improves health; and promotes household savings and investment.
Typically, income generation will include enterprise development; commercial agriculture and high value commodities; improved market information systems; access to financial services; skills transfer and capacity building; disaster risk reduction and adapting to climate change.
RAP3 used Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) to support our income generation and market systems programme. And where appropriate we used demonstration sub-projects to develop new technologies or to introduce proven technologies in new areas.