This document presents the Business Plan for the first five years of operation of the Research and Development Section (RDS) of the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DoLIDAR). The Business Plan is expected to evolve over time in line with the shifting views and expectations of DoLIDAR under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD), and the realities associated with the physical establishment of the RDS. The Business Plan addresses: (a) the vision, mission, goal and strategic objectives of the RDS; (b) governance issues, including the role and responsibilities of the Steering Committee, the institutional and physical location of the RDS, sources of funding, key performance indicators, and strategic relationships and linkages; (c) potential research areas, which future revision and prioritisation will be guided by a Research and Development Technical Committee (RDTC); (d) capacitation of the RDS in terms of human resources; and (e) knowledge management, inclusive of information transfer. In addition to the above, an indicative budget is proposed that will have to be reassessed following the physical establishment of the RDS.
This work is part of the Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
Verhaeghe, B., CSIR (2018). Establishment of Rural Road Research Capacity in Nepal – RDS Business Plan for First Five Years of Operation. London: ReCAP for DFID
Published 28 February 2018