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The COMPAS network has 18 partner organisations working in 15 countries. New members are enrolling in 4 countries: El Salvador, Kenya, Togo and Benin. The coordination of all local network partners lies within the regions. At the moment the COMPAS network has five contract holders:


Mr Bern Guri, CIKOD


Dr Kalyanasundaram Vijayalakshmi, CIKS

Sri Lanka

Mr K.A.J. Kahandawa, FIOH


Mr V.T. Giang, CRES

Latin America

Mr Cesar Escobar, AGRUCO

The contract holders are responsible for contract management with local partners in their region, the coordination of international activities such as policy dialogue (e.g. NEPAD in Africa) and regional trainings and meetings.


The international coordination office of the COMPAS network is based in Leusden and is part of the
ETC Foundation, the Netherlands. The international coordination office supports the contract holders and maintains contact with external donors. International publications such as the COMPAS books, the Endogenous Development Magazine, and the website are produced by the international coordination office in close cooperation with the network partners. Members of the international coordination office are:

Wim Hiemstra

Programme Manager

Marijke Kreikamp

Graphic designer / Secretary

Desiree Dirkzwager


The international coordination office works together with Marc P. Lammerink of Forest Manpower Development Consultants B.V. in the field of policy dialogue.


COMPAS works together with the PROLINNOVA network in building national platforms for community-led Natural Resource Management. These platforms aim to facilitate debate amongst different stakeholders. Partnerships between COMPAS and PROLINNOVA members are encouraged.

More information: www.prolinnova.net


The COMPAS programme is coordinated by the ETC Foundation in the Netherlands. ETC-Netherlands has six units with expertise in the fields of rural development, urban agriculture, energy, and health. COMPAS is part of a unit specialising in rural development and livestock in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

ETC-Netherlands is part of an international network of professional organisations with offices in six countries (the ETC International Group). For thirty years ETC has been involved in the initiation, implementation and management of a wide range of development programmes, projects and consultancy. Knowledge management and networking for innovative development activities aimed at poverty alleviation and sustainable development are at the core of ETC's activities.

More information: www.etc-international.org