COMPAS (comparing and supporting endogenous development) is an international network implementing field programmes to develop, test and improve endogenous development (ED) methodologies. Endogenous development is based on local peoples' own criteria of development, and takes into account the material, social and spiritual well-being of peoples.
The COMPAS programme is coordinated by the ETC Foundation in the Netherlands
Bio-cultural community protocols (BCPs) emphasize that traditional knowledge is rooted in the interconnections of communities with their land and enshrined in their customary laws. A bio-cultural community protocol puts on record the communities’ role in ecosystem management, as well as their rights to its benefits. In preparing such a protocol, the community also becomes aware of the existing national and international laws that underpin the right to in-situ conservation. This process of documenting, reflecting upon and learning about rights can be an enormously empowering experience for the community. ENDOGENOUS DEVELOPMENT MAGAZINE 6, AVAILABLE NOW, for downloadclick here
From 7 to 15 May 2010, PROMETRA Uganda organized an Asian-African Learning Exchange cum Training on Documentation and Promotion of Traditional medicine as a follow-up to the International Conference and Healers Exchange in Bangalore, India, November 2009.
Development is about change which leads to improved well-being. The most practical way to describe a vision of success is to be specific about all the changes in practices or behaviours that can occur within the locality as a result of strengthened endogenous development. A streamlined model for supporting endogenous development in Africa is presented, which includes a community-defined vision of success, the capacities that communities need to strengthen in order to achieve their full potential, the process of strengthening community capacities, as well as core strategies, methods and tools for field workers to strengthen community capacities.
This methodological guide is developed by COMPAS partners in Africa.