This study declared the importance of the transition from the classic strategic planning process to strategic management practices approach for the progress of the Rural development sector of Afghanistan public sector organizations and distinguished the strategic management model as a crucial tool for the public sector to reach effectively and the requirement to ensure an effective strategic plan evaluation mechanism within the public sector for the purpose to successfully obtaining the organizational strategic and operational objectives. This is the first descriptive study at doctoral level research to focus on studying SM practices in Afghanistan’s public sector so far, addressing all three stages of the strategic management approach by adopting both qualitative and quantitative methods and applying inferential and descriptive statistics. Also, this study will be the first to focus on the strategic management practices in the rural development sector, keeping in mind the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, 2021-2025 as well as the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) strategic plan for 2017-2021. This research will contribute to new knowledge in the field of strategic management addressing the strategic plan evaluation mechanism and strategic management model, as well as will increase the competency of strategists, policymakers, and practitioners to ensure more effective and better strategic plan evaluation in the future.
Key words: Strategy, Strategic Management, Strategic Plan, Evaluation, Public Sector