Philanthropy - The Ubuntu Way

Philanthropy is called Ubuntu in South Africa. According to Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Ubuntu is the African institutional knowledge of their interconnected well-being.

Moloi-Motsepe, co-founder and chief executive of the Motsepe Foundation, provides examples of local collective giving, including Zulu practices of ukusisa (loaning cattle) and ilimo (community support).

Moloi-Motsepe writes that community practices of Ubuntu have evolved over time. In South Africa, stokvels have mobilised communities toward building schools and houses as a longterm strategy for transformation.

He shares that when the Motsepe Foundation partnered with Global Citizen, their goal was to encourage collaborative action as a longterm strategy. he highlishts that more than 5 million activities were undertaken by the youth in 2018, in response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN (United Nations).

Moloi-Motsepe notes that the SDGs acknowledge the interconnectedness between poverty, health, education, job creation and environmental sustainability. It also acknowledges the need for partnerships to achieve impact goals.

Moloi-Motsepe urges that Ubuntu is the foundation that South Africans must build upon, where the advancement of the collective is connected to their progress as individuals. Read the Entire Article


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