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Nepal Rural Access Programme – CONNECT Review (Phase 1)

CONNECT is a component part of the Nepal Rural Access Programme Phase 3 (RAP3), one of the longest-standing and largest DFID programmes in western Nepal (Provinces 6 or Karnali Province, and Province 7). The programme aims to reduce poverty by increasing incomes and resilience through jobs, local roads, social protection support, market links to agro-business and women led micro-enterprises and small community infrastructure in ten districts in the provinces.

The purpose of this review is to assess the CONNECT component before the end of the RAP programme, with a view to providing input into where CONNECT should focus its resources in the next phase of operation. This review focuses on the selection process employed by CONNECT in identifying the pilot interventions which it has chosen to exit and those it has chosen to continue to fund.