Vision, Mission & Values

SAWIP holds a VISION of a South Africa with quality, servant leaders and active citizens who, with humility and integrity, are dedicated to achieving social and economic justice; strength and unity in diversity and the deepening of democracy.

SAWIP’s MISSION is to inspire, develop and support diverse new generations of emerging South African leaders to be active in bringing about social and economic transformation and justice within a sustainable democracy.

Values and Beliefs

  • Young South Africans are key to determining a positive future for the Republic of South Africa;
  • Servanthood is a characteristic exhibited by all great leaders;
  • Experiential learning and wide exposure within and by diverse groups is vital to collective impact and nation formation;
  • Global exposure engenders fresh perspectives and generates new ideas and solutions for challenges;
  • Professionalism and Excellence in everything.

Our Development

  1. 2017 SAWIP SA appoints Executive Director and Program Director following the resignation of voluntary SAWIP COO.
  2. Eleventh SAWIP Team with 20 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, the Western Cape, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
  3. 2016 Tenth SAWIP Team with 20 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, the Western Cape and Pretoria.
  4. 2015 Ninth SAWIP Team with 19 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, the Western Cape and Pretoria.
  5. 2014 Eighth SAWIP Team with 20 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, the Western Cape and Pretoria.
  6. 2013 Seventh SAWIP Team with 15 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape.
  7. 2012 Sixth SAWIP Team with 15 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape.
  8. The Chair of the SAWIP(SA) Board resigns from the Board in order to become the Executive Director (voluntary) in South Africa.
  9. 2011 Fifth SAWIP Team with 15 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape.
  10. SAWIP(US) appoints its first Executive Director.
  11. 2010 Fourth SAWIP Team with 13 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape.
  12. A SAWIP Alumni Network and Committee are established.
  13. SAWIP(SA)’s Advisory Committee is formalized.
  14. SAWIP(SA) appoints its first full-time Program Manager.
  15. 2009 Third SAWIP Team with 12 students selected from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape managed by SAWIP’s new Program Manager.
  16. SAWIP(US) is registered as a public charity with 501(c)(3) status and creates a Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.
  17. SAWIP(SA) is registered as a Section 21 non-profit company and awarded Tax Exemption status by the SA Revenue Services, and creates a Board of Directors.
  18. 2008 Second SAWIP Team with seven students selected from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
  19. 2007 Pilot program launches with five students selected from the University of Cape Town.
  20. 2004/6 SAWIP develops and supports our first two students in Washington, DC.

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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.

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