Document Type : Research Paper



Social capital is one of the main factors for local sustainable development and social empowerment. The objective of present research is social capital assessment to achieve local sustainable development in Se-Qaleh city, Sarayan district in South Khorasan province, where the international RFLDL project was implemented. In this research, the level of trust and cooperation ties in the stakeholder’s network was assessed in two stages i.e. before and after implementing the RFLDL project using network analysis questionnaires based on observation and interview with all stakeholders and also through the measurement of network analysis indicators including; density, reciprocity, transitivity and average of geodesic distance. The results of this study show the amount of trust and cooperation or social capital before implanting the RFLDL project was in moderate status but it increased post project implementation. The rate of trust and cooperation exchanges among people after implementing the project grew higher than before. Implementing this project as well enhanced the unity among the people.


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