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The Influence of Ubuntu in Sustainable Development ( A Call Contribution on Edited Book Chapters)

Organization: The Open University of Tanzania
Event: A Call Contribution on Edited Book Chapters
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-12-31 Abstract Due: 2023-02-20


In 2015, the United Nations approved the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came to give continuity to the process of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SDGs cover all possible social, economic and natural aspects, both in a global and local space. It is a complex process of political and economic discussion, with different views, which must be addressed from all areas of society (UN, 2022).

To attain SDGs, it requires collective efforts and participatory approaches at different levels and Ubuntu model has proven to deliver such knowledge and practice Worldwide. Ubuntu as a multidimensional model of development that is capable to guarantee sustainability with necessary mechanism of interconnectedness and collective efforts towards all aspects of human life such as social, economic, health, environment and politics etc. (Matolino, 2020).

Ubuntu is a model based on the idea that all humanity is connected (UNESCO, 2016) from local to international level. Ubuntu emphasizes on holistic and collective model of human society basing on the indigenous knowledge and practice with respect to cultural values and ecology (Mugumbate, 2022). Ubuntu as a form of African philosophy and model thus blends in with other potential, imagined or actual gifts of Africa to the wider world (Ramose, 199 & Binsbergen, 2002). Ubuntu has given practical suggestions about what ‘development’ could mean, moving forward, Ubuntu can teach and provide practical guidance in attaining sustainable development goals (Noreen, 2021).


Scope of the Book

The proposed edited book project gives space to professionals across the World from various fields but not limited to social, culture, health, management, economics and politics to contribute to building collective understanding of Ubuntu and how it influences the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Author is free to contribute more than one chapter and may contribute basing on their indigenous knowledge and practices from different parts of the World that represents Ubuntu knowledge and practices in the following thematic areas.


Proposed Contents/Themes

1.  (Re) Defining Ubuntu in global perspective
2.  Contribution of Ubuntu in management of resources
3.  Ubuntu for social protection and inclusion3
4.  Cultural values and ecology in sustainable communities
5.  Collective traditional efforts on food security
6.  Realizing Ubuntu in global health development
7.  Ubuntu for Good Health and Well-being
8.  Roles of Ujamaa in sustainable development
9.  Ubuntu and globalization
10.Traditional preservation life on land and life Below Water

11. Indigenous mechanism of mainstreaming gender equality, dignity and equality of life
12. Traditional health knowledge as a dynamic system of health maintenance in indigenous communities
13. The nexus between Ubuntu and global public goods
14. Ubuntu and universal human rights through collective efforts to build peace, harmony and justice in the World
15. Traditional models of development
16. Partnerships and cooperation to achieve the SDGs
17. Realizing Ubuntu in global politics
18. Roles of indigenous knowledge and sciences in development
19. Ubuntu diplomacy and regional integration
20. Analysis of traditional agricultural practices that shaped and re-shaped climate/climate change, ecosystems, environment,
21. Villagization model and global village
22. Ubuntu in social work and social development

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission from 10th January  to 20th February 2023
  • Accept/Reject Notification on 30thFebruary 2023
  • Chapter submission on 30th April 2023
  • Review report 30th May 2023
  • Second draft submission on 30th July 2023
  • Publication of the book on 30th December 2023


Publication fees

There is no publication fee on book chapter contribution.



All abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and the manuscript word count must be between 5000 - 7000 words. The chapters shall undergo the Double-Blind Peer Review Process and the plagiarism should be less than 15%.

All abstracts and chapter proposals must be sent by email to;




Editorial Board Members

Prof. Sharon Pittman (PHD),

Dr. Leonard Mbilinyi (PHD)

Mr. Meinrad Lembuka (MSW,MICD)


Ubuntu Book Project Coordinator

Meinrad Haule Lembuka

The Open University of Tanzania

Box 23409

Dar es salaam



+255 712 555 992




Meinrad Haule Lembuka