The Influence of Ubuntu in Sustainable Development

deadline for submissions: 
February 20, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
The Open University of Tanzania

A Call Contribution on Book Chapters

To be published by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2023

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


(Re) Defining Ubuntu in global perspective


Contribution of Ubuntu in management of resources


Ubuntu for social protection and inclusion


Cultural values and ecology in sustainable communities


Collective traditional efforts on food security


Realizing Ubuntu in global health development


Ubuntu for Good Health and Well-being


Roles of Ujamaa in sustainable development


Ubuntu and globalization


Traditional preservation life on land and life Below Water


Indigenous mechanism of mainstreaming gender equality, dignity and equality of life


Traditional health knowledge as a dynamic system of health maintenance in indigenous communities


The nexus between Ubuntu and global public goods


Ubuntu and universal human rights through collective efforts to build peace, harmony and justice in the World


Traditional models of development


Partnerships and cooperation to achieve the SDGs


Realizing Ubuntu in global politics


Roles of indigenous knowledge and sciences in development


Ubuntu diplomacy and regional integration


Analysis of traditional agricultural practices that shaped and re-shaped climate/climate change, ecosystems, environment,


Villagization model and global village


Ubuntu in social work and social development



Publication fees: No publication fee


Submission: 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:    or


Editorial Board Members

Prof. Sharon Pittman (PHD), Dr. Leonard Mbilinyi (PHD) and Mr. Meinrad Lembuka (MSW,MICD)


Book Project Coordinator

Meinrad Lembuka

Assistant Lecturer

The Open University of Tanzania

Box 23409- Dar es salaam