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HOW WE WORK


The TSDI theory of change recognizes the value of cultural capital and tailor interventions to target specific behaviors in our audience. We partner with influencers and invest in change makers to secure cultural change over the long term.

These are the pathways we use in our work;

Strategy – We believe that planning is the bedrock of results, and without a shared mental model and transparent action plan, significant lasting impact may remain elusive. Fundamental change must draw a path from ideas through pilot testing to practical, scalable solutions.

Partnership – We champion and enable networks, bringing together representatives from fields including business, development, and research. We trust in shared learning and collaboration to empower individuals and communities overcome barriers and attain their full potential.

Research – We use best practice research methods, priority setting and peer review to provide appropriate intelligence to policy makers, funders and practitioners and to guide them in solving the tough challenges they face.

Innovation – We support cutting-edge and creative thinking based on the best available evidence for effective problem-solving. We will nurture this outlook in our staff and partners, as well as in the communities and people we work with.

National – We focus our long-term plans towards achieving national objectives while working to invest in local people and communities. We endeavor to extend our projects to multiple communities across the various regions in the country of focus.

Growth – We are committed to direct engagement with local influencers, communities, and delivery partners, developing and sharing best practices, towards the goal of individual growth and overall development for the country.



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The Spring Development Initiative (TSDI) is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity organization which supports local leaders for positive social change through mentoring, capacity development and direct community engagement.

We empower these leaders through learning initiatives, research products, collaborative forums, access to scholarships and investments, and providing the seed funding they need in taking action to improve their communities. We equip them with training and experiential skills in core areas like needs assessment, action planning, project management, evaluation, and sustainability.

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