Based on the outcomes of project scoping exercises undertaken in three AsCAP countries (Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal), the need for the establishment of road research capacity within the partner government departments was identified as a high priority. AsCAP initiated a project to develop action/establishment plans supporting the needs of each country. These plans would address issues such as sustainable institutional arrangements, capacity building interventions and funding sources to support the road research centre or unit on an ongoing basis.
This Inception Report presents the results of interactions held with key stakeholders in Myanmar and Nepal during May 2017. The objectives of these interactions were to identify the specific needs and to gain an understanding of how the individual government departments would like to establish road research management capacity within their existing institutional frameworks. The report also outlines a revised workplan to achieve the main objective, namely to develop business plans for the three countries, and secure their endorsement by Steering Committees established in those countries, so as to guide the partner government departments with the physical establishment of the research units/centres.
This project is funded by DFID under the Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
Verhaeghe, B. (2017). Development of National Business Plans for the Establishment of Road Research Units/Centres in AsCAP Member Countries - Inception Report. London: ReCAP for DFID.