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.

Security and Conflict: Work-in-Progress

BeyondtheHashtags #BeyondtheHashtags is a conversation seeking to evaluate the handling of the counter-terrorism operations in the northern part of Nigeria, with a special focus on the abduction of hundreds of Chibok school girls in Borno State. The May 20, 2014 Citizens Forum drew an impressive cast of independent legal experts, human rights advocates, community leaders, students, public servants, security operatives, media…

#BeyondtheHashtags: Tracking the Gaps, Progress in Countering Insurgency

 Emerging Citizens’ Concerns (Online Collation)   Beginning from February 2014 when 20 young female students were reportedly abducted from Government Girls Senior Science Secondary School and Ashigar School of Business and Administrative Studies, Borno State, Spaces for Change.S4C launched a people-powered campaign using both the formal and informal media to heighten awareness of the growing threats…

#NSAcounterterrorapproaches: Understanding Nigeria’s Soft Approach to Countering Terrorism:

The security situation in Nigeria is indeed, very dire. The conflict in North East Nigeria, which has spread to Midwest and North Central States, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has posed a fundamental domestic challenge to Nigerian security for nearly five years. Despite the official pledges and an array of initiatives to address the…