Abstract

I examine the interrelationships between social capital and Ubuntu, an African social philosophy necessarily embedding the existence of an individual in that of the society. Social capital—the sum of the interpersonal links and civic participation of a person—has been proven to be essential in promoting both social and economic development. The strong link existing between Ubuntu and social capital shows the potential value of the former for the socio-economic development of the sub-Saharan populations. Indeed, the African governments should promote Ubuntu as a valuable instrument to fight poverty and conflicts.

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