Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative (SI4DEV) believes that grassroots civic and community leadership is the bedrock for positive social change. We bring together individuals and groups and equip them with practical skills towards achieving strong governance, improved health, quality education and economic development for their communities.

SI4DEV is a non-governmental organization registered in Nigeria as Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative. SI4DEV is the Nigerian affiliate organization of The Spring Development Initiative in the USA, and was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in November 2017. The three founders have between them, decades of experience in providing support to improvement partners in Nigeria, including individuals, small enterprises and local nonprofits.

The Problem

There is an observed gap in the capacity of aspiring Nigerian change makers which prevents them from maximizing their efforts to create sustainable development and long-term social change. 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 aspiring community leaders.

The Solution

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

These stakeholders will in turn inspire and influence their communities and champion the use of innovative and evidence based strategies to achieve lasting results in governance, health, education, and enterprise. Our diverse experience in community-based partnership activities allows us to scale some of our previous impact and develop new programs and pilots with our supportive donors.


Our Vision

Communities with more participation in governance, accountable leadership, sustainable businesses and access to high-quality healthcare and education for all.

Our Mission

Partnering with innovative change-makers through leadership training, capacity building and technical support for collaborative action towards positive social change.

Strategic Goal

We aspire to develop a nationally recognized framework that allows local leaders to successfully drive and improve governance, health, entrepreneurship and educational development in their communities.

Meet the Team

Ify Malo is the CEO of Clean Tech Hub and the Energy Innovation Center, Abuja

Nkem Akinsoto

Executive Director


Nkem Akinsoto is a public health and research expert, and the founder of many things

Akin Akinsoto

Chief Technical Officer


Akin Akinsoto has an expansive experience in software engineering and startups.

Next Steps...

Get involved! Become a member or volunteer for SI4DEV.