Endogenous development is based on local peoples’ own criteria for change and their vision for well-being based on the material, social and spiritual aspects of their livelihoods but in a constant and dynamic interface with external actors and the world around them.
Endogenous development seeks to overcome a western bias by making peoples’ worldviews and livelihood strategies the starting point for development. Endogenous development moves beyond integrating traditional knowledge in mainstream development and seeks to build biocultural approaches that originate from local peoples’ worldviews and their relationship with the earth. Organisations can support and strengthen the endogenous development that is already present within the communities, promoting the interface between tradition and modernity. In doing so, endogenous development emphasises the cultural aspects within the development process, in addition to the ecological, social and economic aspects.