ADB Awards Teams For Helping Villagers

<br>NITISHDEV BHATTARAI

Sept. 24, 2010, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.4, No.-08 September 24-October 7, 2010
Three projects which are helping to improve the lives of the rural poor in Nepal by providing jobs, skills and income generating opportunities have been recognized for excellence in delivering results by  the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The winning projects, Community Livestock Development Project (CLDP), Road Connectivity Sector Project (RCSP) and Decentralized Rural Infrastructure and Livelihood Project (DRILP), all of which are supported by ADB, were on 7th September presented with the Outstanding Project Management Award.

Finance Secretary Rameshore Khanal presented the awards to the winning project teams at a special ceremony held in conjunction with ADB’s annual Country Portfolio workshop.

“These awards recognize the project team’s excellent performance, efficiency in implementation and achievement of targets- both statistical as well as on the ground,” said Barry J. Hitchcock, Country Director, Nepal Resident Mission. “The successful implementation of these projects has significantly contributed toward maximizing ADB’s overall contribution to help reduce poverty in the country, particularly among the rural poor and disadvantaged, and in supporting efforts to empower women and promoting inclusive development.”

The Community Livestock Development Project aims to reduce the incidence of poverty in rural areas of the 48 districts through an intensive livestock program, livestock processing and marketing, and higher- altitude livelihood pilot programs. The project has helped increase per capita income of beneficiary households significantly.

The Road Connectivity Sector Project aims to support construction and upgrading of 10 feeder roads measuring a total of about 490 Kilometers. The expansion of the feeder road system is expected to improve access to market, health, and education centers in rural areas. The project is the first ADB sector modality intervention in the transport sector in Nepal. All the road construction activities are targeted to be completed by June 2013.

The Decentralized Rural Infrastructure and Livelihood Project’s goal is to reduce poverty in 18 very poor remote hill and mountain districts affected by the conflict. The purpose is to achieve sustainable increase in access to economic and social services and enhance social and financial capital for people in the project area, particularly poor and disadvantaged groups.

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