COMPAS (comparing and supporting endogenous development) is an international network implementing field programmes to develop, test and improve endogenous development 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.

Community Protocols

Protocols developed by Indigenous peoples or mobile or local communities ("community protocols") are gaining recognition as a useful means by which a range of peoples and communities can engage with others according to their values, and on the basis of customary, national and international rights and responsibilities. This website is intended for Indigenous peoples, mobile and local communities, their community-based and non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and researchers, among others, to: - Provide information about community protocols, - Share good practice about the development and use of community protocols, - Highlight the questions that peoples and communities are raising about community protocols, - Provide a range of resources relevant for the development and use of community protocols, and - Act as a clearing house for protocols developed by Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD)

The Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) is a Ghanaian NGO working to develop methodologies for the strengthening of traditional authorities and civil society organizations to facilitate sustainable grassroots organizational development that gives voice to the poor and vulnerable rural families.

Kayapo Filmmaker: “Video Is our Bow”

Belo Monte on the Xingu River is among more than 60 dam constructions approved by the Brazilian government to increase energy production, despite more than two decades of protests and battles about its sustainability and legality. The Kayapo and other indigenous and environmental groups oppose the dam project due to its negative environmental impacts on their lands and traditional ways of life. Here the indigenous community use film to record what officials say and do, thus holding the government accountable. The link below will take you to National Geographic's website where the film can be viewed See also the link to LifeMosaic's Communication Resource page, which provides resources to promote discussion: What are the key messages that are important to share about your community? In what ways do you want to share information about your community to the wider world? In what ways does your community share information within your community? How can this be improved? The Communications video looks at the ways three communities in Indonesia, Tanzania and Ecuador are using radio, internet, mainstream national and international media and video to bring the stories of their struggles to both the wider world and their local area.


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