SAWIP is inspiring, developing and supporting young South Africans for ethical, servant leadership.

Social and economic transformation

SAWIP believes that community engagement is essential for developing compassionate leaders and proactive citizens.


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Leadership Development

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

Community Engagement

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

Professional Exposure

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

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The person is the place. The place is the person.

Displacement. Dispossession. Loss. Land. Space. Identity. Place. Home. The person is the place. The place is the person. The person is the place. The place is the person. We cannot forget that a person’s identity is inextricably linked to the place. People are centred...

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The lessons I drew from Freedom Park

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcom X On the 15th of April the South African Washington International Programme Gauteng team of 2017 went on an excursion at Freedom Park. The lessons that I...

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Shame: A function of oppression

“You want to understand how power works in any society, watch who is carrying the shame and who is doing the shaming.” – Shailja Patel I am currently reading Rape: A South African Nightmare by Prof Pumla Gqola in a hope to better understand where we are as a country...

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