The association Maat-ECG e.V. was founded in November 2018 as an association under German law in Fulda. The aim of the association is to promote a more common-good economy in Africa and in the African diaspora in Europe. The association pursues the approach of the common good economy, which is based on the following values: human dignity – solidarity and justice – ecological sustainability – democracy and codecision.
The movement Economy for the Common Good is a young movement created in Austria in 2010. After working as a Coordinator for the Speakers Hub for Austria, Germany and Switzerland from 2015 to 2016 within the movement, Dr. Urbain N’Dakon, an African activist decided to help to spread the movement in Africa. His understanding is that this way of defining and practicing economy corresponds to old African way of defining economy, which has been abandoned by Africans throughout their history, especially due to the spreading of the western capitalist economy.
The idea is that Africa has to return to that old path, to renew its current economic model and bring it to a new level of entrepreneurial and economic excellence, in order to break out from the ongoing structural violence, which is systematically fed by the western capitalistic system. Dr. Urbain N’Dakon therefore initiated the association Maat-ECG (called MAAT-GWÖ in German) together with other mostly African experts to coordinate the activities in all the African countries, so that the movement can grow fast.
The World Maat added to the title of the association is an ancient African concept at the core of African humanism, which is designed to mark the specificity of Africa within the overall movement Economy for the Common Good. Maat-ECG is the only continental Association within ECG-movement. Maat-ECG is currently represented in the following African regions with a local group: Central Africa, Est Africa, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa.
The seat of the association is in Fulda.
Code of Conduct
All organizations have value systems and rules to protect them and ensure their continued existence. From a small district association to a political party: every organization is a living entity that must successfully solve crises, conflicts and conflicts in the course of its life in order to continue to exist and achieve its goals in the long term. A code of conduct provides an ethical orientation that can help prevent conflicts in advance and, if they occur, solve them successfully and efficiently. Such a work contains values, standards and moral criteria that form the basis for acting within the organization and must be known and observed by every member of the organization. They offer the following advantages:
◼ They make it easier for members of the organization to live together. Standards, values or moral criteria guide us in relationships with other people inside and outside the organization and justify expectations of us and our behavior.
◼ They help us to avoid or solve conflicts. When organizations emerge, conflicts often arise due to different unclear expectations. Therefore, clarifying the common vision and the common values and goals, documented in a code of conduct, is extremely important in order to avoid conflicts and to be able to solve emerging conflicts efficiently and peacefully.
◼ Greater efficiency. In organizations where people share values and consciously acknowledge, follow, and reflect on the common rules, fewer resources are used to coordinate activities, and it is more likely that everyone will “strive in the same direction”.
◼ Less corruption. Ethical awareness and the resulting behavior prevent disproportionate benefit and promote loyalty to the organization and the common good.
◼ Greater personal satisfaction. One of the experiences that strengthens the dignity, happiness and motivation of the individual most is the experience of fairness, fair treatment, recognition and appreciation. Everyone wants to be seen and valued in their dignity, uniqueness and talents.
◼ Greater trust. When an organization shares values and guidelines, expectations can be built on a clearly defined common ground. Community life becomes easier if the members have the certainty that the common values and rules are observed.
Maat-GWÖ e.V. is based on the cardinal values of the Maat from ancient Africa, which can be summarized in the following key words:
The principles of Maat can be found in the Ubuntu concept, which has become known internationally as the canon of values for Africa in the last decades, particularly due to the impact of Nelson Mandela. In Ubuntu, at least two important principles play a role:
1. I am because you are and you are because I am.
2. Each person is the guardian of the other person.
The values of Maat and Ubuntu are the landmarks of the so-called “African Renaissance”. They also coincide with the values of the common good economy, which as a movement has developed and tested a practical tool for evaluating how an organization deals with these values. Maat-GWÖ e.V. expressly commits to the African Renaissance and the common good economy and makes a contribution to its realization.
What is our dream of the world, especially Africa, our vision for the African countries and for the living environment of the Africans of the Diaspora – in which our relatives and the next generations of Africans should live? What do we want to bring to our world, especially this continent and its diaspora, through our work?
- With Maat-GWÖ, an association has been founded that, regardless of its founders, should exist and have a long-term effect. For this reason, the foundations for this association are laid with special care so that it can exist for as long as possible regardless of the people and the strength of its structures.
- In the countries of the African Union and in the African diaspora, there is a noticeable awareness of a more humane life and economy, especially among people in public institutions, in companies and in civil society.
- Awareness of more humane life in Africa and the diaspora is based on the principles of Maat, in particular African solidarity across borders, in the spirit of the pan-African movement and the African Renaissance.
- There is a noticeable awareness of democracy at all levels in the countries of the African Union, which operates with systemic consensus and neighboring approaches. Systemic consensus is known as a method and is widened in all institutions.
- In each and every country of the African Union, our network is perceived as an attraction for all people who are looking for a fear-free future and an economic model that builds on the values of human dignity, solidarity, justice, sustainability, transparency and codecision.
- In all countries with partner associations in the African Union there are a number of businesses, municipal and other public institutions in which the common good economy is actively practiced and which have drawn up a full balance sheet or at least a compact balance sheet independently or in a peer group.
- In all countries with partner associations in the African Union and in the African diaspora in Europe there are a number of concrete projects that were initiated and implemented by Maat-GWÖ and vividly demonstrate the experience of the vision of a common good economy.
- In each country of the African Union there is a national Maat association or an organization contractually bound with Maat-GWÖ with similar goals.
- In every country in the African Union there is at least one Institute for Systemic Consensus and neighboring approaches to progressive democracy.
- In Germany, our association is perceived by most public and private organizations interested in Africa as a center of competence for questions of the human, sustainable and public interest-oriented economy as well as the spread of systemic consensus in Africa and the African diaspora.
What is our mission, our contribution to the realization of this idea?
- Our contribution, so that this idea can come true, consists in spreading the economy of the common good and its values through concrete projects and educational work, anchoring them in local, regional, economic action, and further developing their foundations and approaches. We want to make the economy of the common good tangible and tangible.
- We show that the economy cannot be built primarily on competition, competition and striving for profit, but rather on cooperation, sharing, striving for the common good.
- We stand for dignity in dealing with one another – in everyday life as well as in business life.
◼ I live the values of the GWÖ and Maat-GWÖ (self-esteem, truth, justice, perfection, harmony, balance, reciprocity) as best as possible.
◼ I assume that every other active person wants the best for Maat-GWÖ. I therefore treat people in the movement benevolently and openly. Every active person gets an advance of trust.
◼ At the same time, I remain careful in the interests of the entire organization. If I have the feeling that certain things are going wrong, I express my concerns and try to resolve them in a constructive debate together with the other parties concerned. I will also help implement a solution. The vision of Maat-GWÖ serves as the guiding star.
◼ If I would like certain things to happen in the future, I bring myself in and don’t just make demands. If for any reason I can no longer get involved, I can give constructive feedback or put new ideas into the room at any time. I cannot assume that my suggestions will be implemented.
◼ I get involved in Maat-GWÖ exactly where I feel strong inner motivation. I will find out whether work is already underway on this topic. If there are already active people for this, I will team up with them. If this is not possible, I start to build something up in this area myself and communicate it to the movement. It’s okay if you don’t care about certain things, or if you don’t have the motivation or skills to do this.
◼ Agreements are binding. Should it become apparent that for some reason it is not possible to comply with an agreement that has been reached, I will inform all those with whom the agreement has been made and I will work with you to find a solution.
◼ If I take responsibility for an activity, I do my best to finish my work in a reliable manner within the agreed time.
◼ If I want to return a responsibility, I will let them know at a time that allows others to find a suitable successor and will also actively help with the search. I also ensure that all information, documents, access codes etc. are handed over carefully and ensure that I no longer appear on the Internet as a contact or coordination person.
◼ Before I take responsibility, I make sure that it is clearly defined. If there are disagreements about the responsibilities during the process, I will clarify the situation.
◼ If I notice that I no longer have a broad backing, I put my position at my disposal.
How do we communicate?
◼ I treat all other Maat-GWÖ employees with appreciation, respect and on an equal footing. I do my best to be open and honest and to create transparency – and thus trust.
◼ I acknowledge that I share responsibility for successful communication.
◼ I express my opinion, but I also accept the opinion of others. If I don’t understand another person’s point of view, I ask until I get clarity. When I notice that key terms are understood differently, I bring about a common understanding.
◼ Successful communication is important to me and I help to achieve it (e.g. by using the methods of non-violent communication).
◼ I aim for personal discussions and meetings. If this is not possible, I give preference to telephone conversations over correspondence. Mails usually only serve the factual exchange of information. As soon as things get emotional, I look for more personal forms of communication.
◼ In discussions, I think carefully about what I can contribute constructively to achieve a good result. Everything that is not wiser than silence can remain unspoken.
◼ I always assume positive intentions for everyone else. If things bother me in another person, I speak to them personally. I can also show emotions. I try not to humiliate anyone. Instead, I wait for a suitable moment to address it. If this is not possible, I will contact the moderators or the responsible arbitration board.
◼ I am aware that the way I speak publicly about Maat-GWÖ can affect the movement as a whole. I take special care when looking at negative aspects.
What and how do I decide?
◼ Basically, I act independently. Everything is decided in the smallest possible circle of those affected.
◼ The freedom of the individual ends where the freedom of the other begins: Nobody has the right to decide over the heads of those affected without a mandate. This applies to individuals as well as to bodies within the association.
◼ If I am sure that no other active person is affected by my project, I will make my own decision.
Hingegen If, on the other hand, other active people could be affected, I inform them about my plans and we decide together how to proceed. This can happen at the bilateral level as well as at meetings – depending on who is affected.
How is it decided?
◼ In Maat-GWÖ, as in the common good economy as a whole movement, we basically make democratic decisions.
◼ We recommend the following decision methods
- Systemic consensus
Statutes fo Maat-ECG
The association deals with the basics of a sustainable and public welfare-oriented economic system. He wants to contribute to promoting understanding of these fundamentals in business, politics and the education system in countries of the African Union and within the African diaspora in Germany and other countries of the European Union, and that the constitutional values of human dignity, freedom and Democracy, solidarity, social justice and ecological responsibility are implemented. The aim of the association is to promote initiatives to implement, disseminate and further develop the economy of the common good. The purpose of the association is to achieve and raise funds for the achievement of the tax-privileged purposes listed under ad by others tax-privileged corporations and public law corporations.