This review takes place during the early phases of implementation of RAP3. The contract with IMC, the service provider for the main component of the project, was signed in May 2013 and the inception document was submitted to DFID in October 2013. The inception period detailed the design of the work programme, including the indentificaiton of Annual Road Asset Management Plans which priroitised maintainence and roads building activities, and social and economic development ‘clusters’. Implementation was delayed due to the adverse weather conditions in this highly remote region, and started in earnest in March 2014. It is note worthy that preparatory activities continued despite a major national election in Nepal in November 2013, prior to which there were a number of regional disburbances.