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VISION AND MISSION



VISION

We aspire to develop a globally applicable and locally available framework for community driven improvements at the grassroots.


MISSION 

To offer capacity building, collaborative forums and the funding support that local leaders need to improve governance systems and the education, health and economy of their communities.


BACKGROUND

Support for community development usually takes the following forms:

1. Individual Donations
2. Capacity building
3. Collaborative Forums
4. Corporate Sponsorship
5. Research products

Generally, there is minimal evidence base for development work in many parts of Africa. Anecdotes suggest that while there are various government efforts and activities by development organizations, the need remains great.

In our experience of supporting partners in Nigeria, only 10 out of the 10 partners we have worked with since 2010 have been beneficiaries of funding from philanthropic minded individuals but only 3 have received capacity building in the sphere of their activities.

Of these, only one has been able to identify a collaborative forum in their local area that utilizes research products, and went ahead to obtain corporate sponsorship to enable a more strategic approach to their activities.

With the five types of support aligned, that one partner has been able to scale their social enterprise and is now a key influencer in their sector.

So what we have observed as the biggest impediment to sustainability and maximizing of impact is the absence of evidence based decision making. The result of this serious knowledge gap in areas such as health care provision, education, governance and enterprise also leads to poor planning by decision makers and poorer program outcomes, inconsistency, inefficiency and in some cases, abandoned projects.

There is minimal collaboration and very little documentation if any by local development partners leading to lack of trust by corporate donors to make substantial investments that could bring about significant improvement at the community level.

The Spring Development Initiative comes into this gap with our programs which target the more elusive components of development support. We will partner with local influencers to collaborate and access available resources for implementing their programs. We will also work with research enterprises to help develop, and make publicly available, evidence especially in our focus areas and pioneer innovative analysis of available data to help bridge the gap.




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AKIN AKINSOTO

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Akin was in the technical team which founded CR Services, Nigeria’s Pioneer Credit Bureau Operator, and a strategic partner of CreditRegistry Corporation USA. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science, which he obtained from University College, London, as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture, obtained from Obafemi Awolowo University.

In addition, Akin has a passion for education, which has led a diverse experience of volunteering in his local community in the Seattle area, providing IT training skills and one-on-one mentoring for at-risk youth in schools. His passion has led to him contributing his time and skills to developing Naija Storie…

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The Spring Development Initiative, with experience of over 7 years of providing support to improvement partners in Nigeria, including individuals, small enterprises and local nonprofits, has observed a gap in the  capacity necessary to maximize their efforts to create social change and sustainable development, both within and outside the government.

Several communities in low and middle-income countries are under-served and neglected mostly due to lack of access to information and resources, impacting the reach of potential and young changemakers in these communities.

Through the Initiative, we plan to provide training programs, technical assistance, collaborative forums and seed funding to deliver quality programming to our partners. Beneficiaries will span various sectors and will include students,government officials and policy makers, healthcare providers, educators, civil society and faith based organizations, political and business leaders.

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WHO WE ARE

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.

We support grassroots change makers in the United States and in developing countries in four impact areas - governance, education, healthcare and economic development. Our programs focus on supporting community leaders to develop, implement and scale innovative products, services, and action plans for key policies and target populations, including the application of research and inn…