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Management of the Local Roads Network in Federal Nepal – Policy Brief

People living in remote areas of Nepal demand and aspire to be physically connected year-round to markets and service centres. A wealth of evidence from Nepal indicates that those communities living close to a road are generally economically better off than others.


In other words, remoteness, access and connectivity are correlated with social and economic well-being. There is cross-party political consensus on the importance of connectivity for social and economic development as well as demand for improved connectivity from communities across the country.

This policy brief summarises this recent once-in-a-lifetime historical political change in Nepal with respect to its effects on the Local Roads Network (LRN) sector. It highlights the recent political changes and potential impact on how rural roads are managed from an institutional and policy perspective.