GBF Meets With SAWIP Students

Date of event or news:
06/21/2010

This week, GBF met with students from the South Africa-Washington Internship Program (SAWIP) to discuss GBF’s role in helping to create economic opportunity in the developing world. Christine Phillpotts, GBF’s Africa Portfolio Manager, spoke about GBF’s investments in Africa; and Rafi Menachem, GBF’s Social Impact Coordinator, gave a presentation on how GBF uses metrics to measure our impact on client businesses and beneficiaries.

The SAWIP students appreciated the opportunity to gain insight into GBF’s development activities. Many commented that the presentation helped them realize that there are innovative ways to address the economic challenges facing Africa and the world at large. The SAWIP students shared their personal experiences and opinions regarding the hurdles facing small businesses in Africa, and expressed a desire for GBF to expand the operations into other African countries. (GBF currently operates in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana).

SAWIP is a leadership program that draws talented students from South African universities and places them in 6-week internships in Washington D.C. The program aims to develop the students’ leadership skills and passion for service by giving them a global perspective. One of this year’s SAWIP students, Uhuru Malebo, is interning for GBF’s Africa team.

In addition to engaging the SAWIP students on the topic of small and medium enterprise development, the meeting provided GBF with an opportunity to participate in a meaningful dialogue with Africa’s future leaders.

GBF wishes the SAWIP students the best of luck during their stay in Washington, and looks forward to working with them in the future!