The Ubuntu Practitioner: Social Work Perspectives




Edited by Bernard Mayaka, Consolée Uwihangana and Adrian D. van Breda


Forward: “This Book is a Collection of Lived Experiences and Evidence of ‘Good Practices’ Across the World”
Joachim Cuthbert Mumba

Chapter 1: The Ubuntu Practitioner in Historical and Contemporary Contexts
Bernard Mayaka, Adrian D. van Breda, Consolée Uwihangana and Rugare Mugumbate

Chapter 2: ‘Care Democracy’ in Social Work Practice: The Novel Contribution of Ubuntu
Overson Musopero

Chapter 3: Foregrounding the Philosophy of Maat and Ubuntu in Social Work Education: ‘Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu’
Thembelihle Brenda Makhanya

Chapter 4: Reflections of a Social Work Students’ Understanding of Ubuntu in Theory and Practice
Nomagugu Gasa

Chapter 5: The Use of Ubuntu in Social Work Practice: Lessons from the Province Homelessness Programme
Emmison Muleya and Silindile Nanzile Mlilo

Chapter 6: Transforming Communities Through Ubuntu Philosophy: Prerequisites, Opportunities, and Implications for Social Work Practice in Africa
Venesio Bwambale Bhangyi, Silverno Tweshengyereze, Hope Atim and Senkosi Moses Balyejjusa

Chapter 7: Co-building the Ubuntu Ecological Resource Centre: A Local/Global Application of Ubuntu
George A. Mansaray and Ruth Stark

Chapter 8: Positioning the Natural Environment in Ubuntu’s Axiom ‘Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu’: An Ecospiritual Social Work Perspective.
Robert K. Chigangaidze

Chapter 9: Ubuntu Social Work Benefits both the Practitioner and Service Users: An Axiological Reflection of a Clinical Social Worker and Theologian.
Robert K. Chigangaidze and Nigel Chikanya

Chapter 10: “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”: Experiences of Social Workers Implementing Chasefu Empowerment Support Trust Children & Youth Programmes in Chasefu District, Eastern Zambia
James Mumba

Chapter 11: Preserving the Spirit of Ubuntu through Kinship Care: The Case of Namibia
Emmerentia Leonard and Dainess Ziba Amukwelele

Chapter 12: Ubuntu Values in Action: Narrative Practice with Young People Experiencing Stigma and Discrimination
Consolée Uwihangana and Jean Paul Habineza

Chapter 13: The Potential of Family Group Conferencing as an Expression of Ubuntu
Jeanette Schmid and Joan Pennell

Chapter 14: Ubuntu Philosophy for Socio-Economic Integration of Female Sex Workers in the Rwandan Community
Liberata Mukamana, Consolée Uwihangana, Eugénie Byukusengea, Aline Mutabazia, Charles Kayaboc and Stella Matutina Umuhozad

Chapter 15: A Critical Review of the Refugee Camp System in Africa: An Ubuntu Perspective.
Victor Chikadzi, Emmerentia Leonard and Janet Ananias

Chapter 16: Ubuntu: A Strategy for Improving the Wellbeing of the Elderly in Uganda.
Dianah Aharimpisya, Francis Kasekende and Frank Pio Kiyingi

Chapter 17: Ubuntu-Informed Care for the Elderly: Towards a Holistic Care for Older Persons
Kang’ethe Simon Murote and Ndungi wa Mungai

Chapter 18: Ubuntu: A Cultural Method of Dementia Caregiving in Africa
Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola, Charles Gyan and Jacob Rugare Mugumbate

Chapter 19: The Utility of Ubuntu or Hunhu Theory in Fighting Corruption in Zimbabwe: The Social Work Implications
Cornelius Dudzai

Chapter 20: The Centrality of Ubuntu in Child Safeguarding in Zimbabwe: Personal Reflections
Wilson Zvomuya and Mulwayini Mundau

Chapter 21: Ubuntu as an Ethic of Responsibility to Support Others: Learning from Participants’ Stories
Warren A. Thompson

Chapter 22: The You (and Me) of Ubuntu: Individual Self-Care as Essential for Collective Care
Erlene Grise-Owens, Jay Miller and Mindy Brooks-Eaves

Chapter 23: Decolonising Social Work: Ubuntu as the Spearhead for Change
Omar Mohamed

Chapter 24: Ubuntu & Human Rights: Contributions of an Indigenous Philosophy to the Training of Portuguese Social Workers
Teresa Escabelado Martins and Antonela Jesus

Chapter 25: The Utilisation of Ubuntu Outside Africa: Voices from Frontline Social Workers in China
Charles Tong-Lit Leung, Jianchao Huang and Yu Xiang

Chapter 26: Bridging Ubuntu and Trauma-Informed Approaches in Training and Research from a Social Work Perspective
Tamarah Moss and Andrew M. Muriuki

Chapter 27: Ubuntu Model as a Child Protection Mechanism: A Comparative Analysis of Nigeria, Ghana, and Bangladesh
Kazi Abusaleh, Casmir Obinna Odo, Perfect Elikplim Kobla Ametepe, Uche Louisa Nwatu, Md Shahriar Kalam Bosunia and Ade Putri Verlita Maharani

Chapter 28: Ubuntu and Social Work: Advancing A Global Lens and Language in Healthcare
Jean E. Balestrery

Chapter 29: Ubuntu and Social Work Practice in the United Kingdom: Reflections on Social Work Knowledge Transferability across Borders
Respect Farai Mugodhi

Afterword: The Profession’s Journey with the Gift of Ubuntu
Rory Truell