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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 innovation products, towards achieving our objectives.

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OUR TEAM

AKIN AKINSOTO

Currently at Microsoft USA, Akin Akinsoto has had an expansive career in software engineering, having worked for blue-chip companies in both in the UK and the US; and his experience in the IT industry has led him to appreciate the value of information in guiding choices leading to better developmental outcomes.

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…

OUR STORY

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.

These stakeholders will in turn inspi…