We empower current and future leaders

SI leadership programmes and scholarships aim to strengthen current and aspiring leaders that contribute to sustainable development in their home countries and regions.
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SI leadership programmes empower leaders from the public and private sector and the civil society in their work to promote sustainable development. Every year around 700 changemakers from countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia are selected to join our leadership programmes.

SI Scholarship for Global Professionals grants around 350 fully funded scholarships each year for master studies in Sweden with the aim to develop future global leaders that contribute to sustainable development in their home countries and regions.

Scholarship holders join the Network for Future Global Professionals, a platform to help them grow professionally while in Sweden and both SI scholarship holders and participants in SI leadership programmes all gain access to exclusive networks for exchanges with each other and with Sweden.

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Participants of SIMP Africa and SIMP Bolivia in 2019. Photo: Elliot Elliot
Swedish Institute Management Programme
Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) is a leadership programme for ambitious and innovative business leaders from Africa, Asia, Northern and Eastern Europe who wants to learn how to bridge the gap between desire and action on sustainability. The programme is based on Sweden’s prominent position in innovation and sustainable business – and its connection to the global economy.  
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She Entrepreneurs – connecting visionary women founders since 2011. Photo: Margareta Bloom Sandebäck
She Entrepreneurs
She Entrepreneurs is a leadership programme for highly motivated women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, North Africa and Türkiye who are building successful and sustainable businesses. The programme provides tangible tools, insights and connections for participants who want to grow their businesses and develop as entrepreneurs, as well as leaders.
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Photo: Margareta Bloom Sandebaeck
SI Leader Lab
SI Leader Lab is a leadership programme for civil society leaders in South Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe focused on Sustainable Development Goal 16 to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. The programme provides participants with innovative tools and new forms for collaboration that aims to strengthen their leadership and advocacy skills. 
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En man och en kvinna i samtal framför en dator.
Photo: Susanne Walström
SI Academy for Young Professional
SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a leadership programme for young professionals from the western Balkans, Baltic Sea region and Eastern partnership countries East European partner countries who want to deepen their knowledge about modern sustainable governance. SAYP is a collaboration between SI and prominent Swedish universities, who are responsible for training module structure and development.
Find out more about SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP)