S4C’s research advocacy and social campaigns to reclaim the civic space have one central message: governmental measures to counter terrorism and illicit financial flows should not shrink the civic space and/or disrupt the work of legitimate non-profit entities.

Suspension of DAAR Operating License, Unfortunate, High-handed

In a press statement issued on June 7, 2019, and published on Daily Independent, the Niche and other media groups, SPACES FOR CHANGE  joined other concerned Nigerians, public and private institutions, shocked by the high-handedness of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to demand an immediate reversal of the suspension.​ NBC’s suspension of the operating license of DAAR…

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Unpacking the Official Construction of Risks and Vulnerabilities for the Third Sector in Nigeria

Are non-governmental organizations in Nigeria poorly regulated? Are non-profit entities used as conduits for money laundering and terrorism financing? This Open Society Foundation-supported research study extensively analyses the results of the 2016 National Risk Assessment on money laundering and terrorist financing risks in Nigeria (Nigeria NRA). It interrogates the applicability of the legal regimes governing anti-money laundering (AML)…

Unpacking the Official Construction of Risks and Vulnerabilities for the Third Sector in Nigeria 

Are non-governmental organizations in Nigeria poorly regulated? Are  non-profit entities used as conduits for money laundering and terrorism financing? This Open Society Foundation-supported research study extensively analyses the results of the 2016 National Risk Assessment on money laundering and terrorist financing risks in Nigeria (Nigeria NRA). It interrogates the applicability of the legal regimes governing anti-money laundering (AML) and…

Press Release: END THE CRACKDOWN ON CIVIC GROUPS NOW!

Thursday, January 17, 2019 SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C   SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C is deeply concerned about the increasing clampdown on the civic space ahead of the 2019 general elections. The Nigerian civic space is witnessing the biggest crackdown in history, with international rights groups threatened with closure, media houses raided, social critics arrested, detained and facing bogus criminal charges…

S4C, Lagos Communities Testify at NHRC Panel Investigating Police Brutality in Nigeria

Few days after an Urban Security Summit organized by Spaces for Change | S4C in August 2018 exposed the injustices perpetrated by Nigerian security operatives in Lagos’ informal settlements, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) announced its intention to set up an investigative panel to redress human rights violations committed by members of the Special…

Standing Together to Defend the Civic Space

SPACES FOR CHANGE ‘s| S4C’s regional workshop, Promoting and Defending Internet Freedoms in Nigeria,  held on September 5, 2018, brought together 35 online practitioners in Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, to increase their capacity to push back against the increasing tide of restrictions on civic spaces often targeted at civil society actors operating in virtual, online and offline…

S4C Participates in GIABA’s Regional Workshop for Civil Society Organizations

Fisayo Ajala, SPACES FOR CHANGE’s / S4C’s Researcher on Civic Space joined 47 other civil society representatives and stakeholders from across the West African region at the three-day sensitization workshop organized by the Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA). The recently-concluded workshop  on anti-money laundering (AML) and countering financing of terrorism (CFT) requirements…