COMPAS

_0006_COMPAS-Logo COMPAS (COMPAring and Supporting endogenous development) is a capacity building programme to develop and mainstream endogenous development methodologies. Field programmes serve to develop evidence of the outcomes and impact. Mainstreaming takes place by including endogenous development in programmes funded through various donor agencies, establishing policy dialogues and developing university curricula. The main objectives of COMPAS are: To systematically develop, test and improve methodologies for endogenous development based on rural peoples’ worldviews. To mainstream the endogenous development approach into policies and development programmes. To enhance the capacity of NGOs in endogenous development. To initiate and support local initiatives that enhance bio-cultural diversity and indigenous knowledge development. To support an international platform for information exchange on culture, worldviews and development. Vision The COMPAS network envisions self-sustaining local and indigenous communities across the globe living in dignity, resilient to external and internal stresses, with a sense of belonging to their traditional worldviews. The livelihoods of the communities are based on a balanced material, social and spiritual well-being. Endogenous development revitalises ancestral and local knowledge and integrates external knowledge and resources that fit the local context. It leads to increased bio-cultural diversity, reduced environmental degradation, and a self-sustaining local and regional exchange of goods and services. Mission The COMPAS network is supporting field programmes of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to develop, test and improve the endogenous development approach in dialogue with modern western based science. COMPAS systematises the experiences in such a way that other NGOs and government agencies can make use of the endogenous development approach. Intercultural dialogues amongst CBOs, NGOs, universities and research centres across countries and continents are facilitated to enable systematisation beyond the national level.