Ubuntu is an African concept which describes the interconnectedness and interdependence of humanity.
“In our African culture we have this word Ubuntu. In our culture there is no such thing as a solitary individual. We say a person is a person through other persons, that we belong in the bundle of life. I want you to be all that you can, so that I can be all that I can. I need you to be you, so that I can be me.”
“The literal translation of Ubuntu in English is ‘I am because you are.’ Ubuntu, for us it means the world is too small, our wisdom too limited, our time here too short to waste anymore of it in winning fleeting victories at other people’s expense. We have to now find a way to triumph together.”
The concept of Ubuntu is used to accentuate the need for unity and the importance of multi-stakeholder consensus in decision-making. It also emphasises a values-based ethic to inform these decisions. It is seen as one of the founding principles of the Republic of South Africa and is often connected to the idea of an African Renaissance.