This issue of Compas Magazine tries to find some answers to these questions, and present interesting cases, both from within and outside the network of Compas partner organisations. Some of the conclusions so far are that community diagnosis can be an empowering process for the community. It enhances dialogue within the community, and between the community and organisations of development support. In this ongoing process of communication, cultural awakening, creation of unity, community assessment and participatory action are important elements. We hope that this issue provides interesting insights for you, and welcome all reactions and further experiences with endogenous development.