Definition of ujamaa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌʊdʒaˈmɑː/

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[mass noun]
(In Tanzania) a socialist system of village cooperatives based on equality of opportunity and self-help, established in the 1960s: [as modifier]: ujamaa villages generate wealth in rural areas
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  • Arnold seems favourably inclined towards Julius Nyerere's ujamaa system of village socialism in Tanzania, but concedes it failed before it was abandoned.
  • Self-reliance and ujamaa - Tanzanian socialism loosely based on historical patterns of mutual support - became the guiding principles for a radical development strategy.
  • In practice, the forced resettlement of rural populations into ujamaa villages was met with great local opposition, and Tanzanian socialism has largely proven to be an economic failure.


Kiswahili, literally 'brotherhood', from jamaa 'family', from Arabic jamā‘a 'community'.

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