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.

PREVENTING TERRORIST ABUSE OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

SPACES FOR CHANGE joined 50 other non-profit stakeholders in West Africa at the three-day regional workshop organized by the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) to discuss the strategies for developing effective frameworks and structures to fight money laundering and terrorist financing through non-profit organizations (NPOs). GIABA, the institution responsible for coordinating anti-money…

Panel Discussion at NYU Examines Global Strategies for Reclaiming the Civic Space

SPACES FOR CHANGE’s director, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, joined activists from Argentina, United States, Brazil, Philippines and India at a panel discussion on Reclaiming Civic Space: Resistance, Resilience and Resources held at New York University (NYU) on May 21, 2018. The panelists at the discussion are contributing authors to the 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights (SUR 26), published…

ENGAGING EFFECTIVELY IN COUNTER-TERRORISM & ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING PROCESSES

SPACES FOR CHANGE participated in the Experts Hub on anti-money laundering (AML) and countering financing of terrorism (CFT) held on January 21 -26, 2018 at the Hague, Netherlands. International Center for Non-profit Law (ICNL), European Center for Non-profit Law (ECNL) and Human Security Collective (HSC) co-organized the Experts’ Hub which brought together representatives of non-profit…

Federal Legislative Committee Hold Retreat on the NGO Bill

At a special retreat for members of the Nigerian House of Representatives’ Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners considering the Non-governmental Organizations Regulatory Bill (NGO BIll), SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C delivered an expert legal analysis of the draft statute, highlighting the intersections with existing legislations and the implications for civil society and charitable operations in…

S4C Testifies at NHRC’s Public Hearing on Police Abuses in the South West Zone

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING ON POLICE ABUSES IN NIGERIA HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017  NOPRIN and the National Human Rights Commission, with the support of the Observatory on Monitoring of Human Rights Observance by Security and Justice Institutions in Nigeria, held a Public Hearing on Police Abuses in Nigeria, in Lagos…

UNGA 72: Safeguarding the Legal, Political, and Operational Space for Civil Society and Other Local Actors

  SPACES FOR CHANGE’s presented its recent research findings on closing spaces in Nigeria at the Global Solutions Exchange’s (GSX’) high-level panel at the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly meeting held in New York between September 16-22, 2017. The panel discussion on “Safeguarding the Legal, Political, and Operational Space for Civil Society and Other Local Actors to…

Summary of the NGO Bill

Long title                 Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of the Non-Governmental    Organisations Regulatory Commission for the Supervision, Co-ordination and Monitoring of Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society Organisations etc, in Nigeria and for Related Matters   Popular title                    NGO Bill   NGO Bill: History, Objectives Sponsored by Honorable Umar Buba Jibril, the NGO Bill…

S4C Participates in Strategy Meeting on Civic Space Issues in Tanzania

SPACES FOR CHANGE’s Lotanna Nwodo participated in the Strategy Meeting of civic space issues in Tanzania between April  26-28, 2017. The Strategy Meeting, with over fifty organizations in attendance, was part of a three-day programme organised by the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRD Coalition) in conjunction with the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), in…