A six month leadership curriculum both in South Africa and Washington, DC,  supplemented by ongoing alumni opportunities.


A core element of SAWIP, expressed through individual and team projects, both in South Africa and
Washington DC.


Real world experience provided through six week work exposure in prestigious environments in Washington, DC.



alumni of the month


The South Africa-Washington International Program is helping to inspire, prepare and support South African youth to lead a sustainable democracy with a peaceful and prosperous future for all its citizens.

SAWIP welcomes the Class of 2014

The SAWIP Boards in both South Africa and Washington DC, the SAWIP Alumni, management and other stakeholders and friends congratulate the new Team and wish them an exciting journey of development towards being powerful servant leaders.


Well done! Welcome into the SAWIP Network! We look forward to getting to know you all and working with you to build our young democracy and address our transformation challenges.


Please click here to read their profiles.


The SAWIP Thembi Losi: Leadership and Legacy Award was awarded posthumously to Thembakazi Losi and presented to Mr. Graham Losi and Ms. Nomvuyiseko Fyrene Losi by Phiwe Ndinisa (SAWIP Board Member and Alumnus 2012) and Kim Williams (SAWIP Programme Manager).

On Saturday 15 March 2014 the SAWIP Alumni Association together with the University of Cape Town, School of Economics; University of Cape Town, Education Development Unit; Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, and the University of Cape Town, Fuller Hall Residence hosted the Thembi Losi Celebratory Service.

Inaugural SAWIP Human Rights Day Seminar


The Vision of the SAWIP Alumni Association for 2014 is to reinvigorate the alumni association and to grow the prominence of the alumni within the organization.


The Alumni Associations objective in hosting an annual Human Rights Day Seminar is to create a forum for engaging SAWIP alumni, relevant stakeholders and the broader community on issues concerning leadership and socio-economic challenges whilst promoting and celebrating human rights.


A full day programme has been developed that is relevant, provocative and challenging.


To keep the seminar topical while keeping the subject matter in line with the activities and campaigns of the Alumni Association as a whole, the working theme is ‘The Role of Active Citizenship: Does Your Vote Really Count?’


The seminar is envisaged to become an annual, highly esteemed and meaningful platform that explores the way in which leadership and various social spheres interact.


In addition, it looks to focus on leadership’s potential as a mechanism for social change.


The seminar further intends to encourage a sense of social responsibility amongst the delegates as well as to act as a catalyst to inspire more active participation in civil society; the most important outcome being that delegates return to their respective schools, universities, professions, communities and share the experiences and knowledge gained on the day.

Applications Have Closed

Applications for SAWIP 2014 have closed.


Thank you very much for your interest in SAWIP!  For those of you who have applied we wish you the best of luck, and look forward to the future of South Africa together!

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