Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 389

Full Length Research Paper

The valuation of the role of the rural guiding plans in rural development: A case study of Bonab villages

  Javad Hajializadeh* and Masoud Mahdavi  
  Sciences and Research Poranch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Geography Department, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 February 2011
  •  Published: 04 October 2011



Rural guiding plans are the prevalent and common projects conducted in rural areas and mostly adopted from urban development projects. They are looked upon as an important tool in developing the villages whose development seems to be essential for improving the infrastructures of the other sectors of the country. It is largely understood that performing studies to improve the production method and taking them as the basis for decision-making and planning to enhance the rural development process is of fundamental role (Mahdavi and Najafi, 2005: 22). There is a gap between the aim and programs (Saeed, 1991: 4). The rural plans are taking actions to help the villages to achieve the goals like making the development of rural areas possible, controlling the environmental conditions of the villages, providing the means to improve housing and proving the common and necessary services.This article reports the administrative effects and roles of rural guiding plan in the development of rural areas. By using numerical taxonomy method, a case study was done on 28 villages of Bonab in East Azarbaijan to show the degree of effectiveness of the rural guiding plan. 20 indices such as health, education, service and economy have been evaluated by using the latest concuss results and data statistics of yearly statistical reports. Research findings show that 17 villages enjoy facilities and 5 ones (17.85%) of semi-developed villages have access only to limited amount of facilities and at the end, 6 villages (21.42%) are among the under-developed villages deprived of facilities. The condition is in a way that in 12 out of 17 developed villages, rural guiding plan has been conducted or at least is being conducted but in none of the under- developed villages, the rural guiding plan been conducted. There is a correlation of 0.55 on the basis of Kendall’s taut B, A between conducting of guiding plan and rural development degree which is a meaningful and direct correlation.


Key words: Bonab, method, guiding plan, taxonomy, rural development.