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This book presents a rich variety of examples of endogenous development, or ‘development from within’ from around the globe.  Cases from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe show the potential of peoples’ innovative solutions and cultural identity.  These experiences can be important keys in the search for well-being of people and ecosystems, as they address pressing global problems such as poverty, climate change and loss of bio-cultural diversity.

Compas (COMPAring and Supporting endogenous development) is an international network formed to learn about and understand rural peoples’ knowledge, encourage local experimentation and enhance inter-cultural dialogues.

The Compas partner organizations present their ten years’ experience of supporting endogenous development.  The photos and accompanying text show the concepts upon which their work is based, as well as the entry points and methodologies used in their field programs.  It will become clear to the reader that there is not one way of supporting endogenous development.  The wide variety of initiatives indicate the wealth of development opportunities that are available when serious attention is paid to local worldviews and initiatives.

Publication Details

  • Publisher: ETC Compas
  • ISBN-13: 9789077347126
  • Dewey Decimal: 155.82
  • ECHO Library: 155.82 COM