About

Community Development Network

CDN GAINED CHARITY STATUS (NGO) IN THE UK IN 2000, AND WAS FORMED AS A 501(C)3 (NGO) IN THE USA IN 2003. CDN MAINTAINS HEADQUARTERS IN BOTH COUNTRIES.

CDN provides training, scholarships, and educational resources to individuals and communities where poverty is rife. CDN bolsters local partners who liaise with other local & international experts to do needs-assessments, create strategic plans, design & execute programs, and support reporting/evaluation activities.

CDN accepts referrals from CDN consultants, existing partners, and other requests  in harmony with CDN principles and our organizational objectives.

The Earth’s greatest resources are its diverse peoples across the globe. Yet, many human beings are limited from reaching their potential.  We aim to lift people and communities through locally-led initiatives focused on neighborhood self-reliance groups. We invite you to join our efforts.

SOME OF OUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nepal Community Resource Centers (2004-present)
  • Women’s Educational Empowerment Projects (1999-present)
  • Sudan Conflict Resolution Projects (2001-06)
  • Philippines Rural Micro-franchise Initiatives (2009-13)
  • Sudan Health Literacy Trainings (2001-06)
  • Sudan Conflict Resolution Projects (2003-06)
  • Honduras Environmental Literacy Projects (2010-present)
  • Zimbabwe Scholarship Program (1999-present)
  • Youth Leadership Initiative Programs (2004-present)

COMMUNITY NETWORK DEVELOPMENT

Community Network Development represents a network of consultants committed to rigorous research and programming in rural developing countries. CDN started in 1999 with several students at the University of Oxford. These students seized opportunities to aggregate resources and bridge them with others in greater need.

Meet Our Team

TIFFANY IVINS SPENCE

Founder

Tiffany is passionate about sustainability & community-driven social change. She co-designed Utah’s First Net Zero Community and is currently consulting on high performance and sustainable design. She is the Founding Director of Utah’s Net Zero Consortium, a Board Member of the United Nations Association of Utah, and Director of an international nonprofit, Community Development Network.

MITCHELL SPENCE

Co-founder

A lover of wood & design, Mitchell offers 25 years in the construction industry & a lifetime loving the outdoors. He is passionate about beautifying urban areas with functional infill; he is fascinated by clean energy, smart design, and reducing poverty through education. He is a helpless skibum cutting clean tracks in the Tetons & Rockies with his 4 kids. Creator of UT’s 1st Net Zero Community; Founder of Redfish; B100 Construction License.

STÈPHANE AKOKI

Founder of Life Elevate 

Stéphane grew up in Côte d’Ivoire where he has always had the dream to lift up his community and promote self-reliance. He is an enthusiastic and determined individual who has overcome mountains of challenges throughout his life in West Africa, China, and the United States. His story has inspired many and he would like to empower more individuals to fulfill their potential. His dream is to provide sustainable solutions to solve the issues of poverty in West Africa through education. 

DREW BAYLES

Main IT Technician 

Drew is a computer science student at Brigham Young University. He is minoring in Africana studies and international development and hopes to combine his abilities to be an effective change-maker.  He is passionate about educational development and literacy, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa.

RICHARD GNATSIKO

West African Consultant 

Richard specializes in literacy and self-reliance consulting. He has consulted for various companies including Delta and Togo FMG O&M Division-MFD. Richard graduated from Lome University with a degree in English and specialized in business accounting and management. Richard is an integral part of the ComDevNet team and we value his on the ground expertise, leadership and consulting. 

HEATHER PHIPPS

Designer & Journalist 

Heather is an environmental science major and international development minor at Brigham Young University. She has taught literacy in bi-lingual Spanish English programs in the southern states as well as women’s sexual education in Uganda. She loves seeing the spark in another’s eyes when they understand a new concept! She is passionate about recording and presenting this spark!

NATASHA BIRCHARD

Co-curriculum Coordinator 

JEFF LEE

Curriculum Coordinator

JAY GRIFFITH

Community Development Expert  

SAM AUGUSTINE

Photographer

Our Partners