Trends in rural development indicate that increasing emphasis is being placed on the achievement of sustainable results through increasing the capacity of the people and institutions involved. This article describes the development of a framework for evaluating the capacity-building components in rural development projects. This study was based on a documentary analysis of project records and related documents. The developed framework provided a valuable tool for evaluating capacity-building components of selected rural development projects. The original framework was revised based on its usefulness in the original evaluation process. The new framework should be used by all those involved in development projects who wish to ensure that factors affecting capacity-building are not overlooked at any stage in the project development process. Development professionals need to be aware of the importance of evaluation. The framework developed in this study provides a useful tool for evaluation of development projects and their capacity-building components.
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