Definition of harambee in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈrambiː/


(In East Africa) an event held to raise funds for a charitable purpose: [as modifier]: harambee functions
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  • But the ngoma is equally used for popular uprisings and harambees - events where a wide group of people ‘pull together’ to benefit the community.
  • The harambee movement has since been politicized, weakening the partnership between the state and local communities.
  • Moi gradually turned harambee efforts into overt political events.


Swahili, literally 'pulling or working together' (a slogan of the first independent government of Kenya).

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