Poverty in Nepal is closely correlated with poor physical access and the country has very low road densities for a landlocked country.
DFID has been supporting the Nepal Rural Access Programme (RAP) for the last 10 years. RAP aims to address lack of access and social exclusion through the development of an approach to rural road construction and maintenance that targets the poorest and most disadvantaged groups, including women. Itad is managing the independent Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Unit (MEL Unit) of the third phase of RAP.
The MEL Unit is supporting the RAP team by measuring progress against set benchmarks and milestones, and undertaking thematic studies to review the programme’s Theory of Change (TOC). A detailed impact assessment of RAP is being undertaken, using a combination of methods, including a large-scale household survey, quasi-experimental impact evaluation, and a range of qualitative tools, including the Reality Check Approach. The MEL Unit is also working to build M&E capacity at the District level.
To find out more about the programme, visit the RAP website.
Image © Development of Resources: Fishing Techniques in Nepal Credit: United Nations Photo