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This book presents the essence of endogenous development, as viewed by partners of the Compas network. Pictures were selected that best convey what is meant by 'development from within'. Compas is an international network that supports initiatives for endogenous development. The  partners in the network are community-based organisations, NGOs and universities in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The pictures and the stories they tell were selected and shared during the Compas partner meeting in Poland (September 2006). At the same meeting a declaration was drafted, discussed animatedly and agreed upon (see page 62). We complemented our working sessions with art work, and the wood sculptures (see back cover) and iron monument (see page 65) represent an alternative way of communicating the essence of endogenous development.