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The role of Road Maintenance Groups in the Local Roads Network sector in rural Nepal

This policy brief explores the role of Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) that a number of donor programmes fund in Nepal to maintain and preserve rural road assets.


The brief highlights the dual benefit of this model in providing employment opportunities for poor community members that constitute the RMGs (a social protection function) and the basic maintenance works that help to keep rural roads open all year round (an asset preservation and basic access function).

The brief argues that because the RMG model demonstrates multiple development objectives through one model, development partners and the Government of Nepal should consider its continued and expanded use in the new federal context.