By systematically monitoring and evaluating the gaps between policy and practice in the energy sector, we build new evidence for deepening multi-stakeholder understanding and participation in the formulation and implementation of energy reform policies and programs in Nigeria.

We proceed upon the premise that any activity along the energy supply chain or the management of natural resources must not be carried out in a way that threatens the sustainability of livelihoods, human settlements and the environment.

Enabling Proactive Community Participation in Oil Sector Legislative Reforms

How can local communities gain more control and make input into natural resource management? With the resurgence of violent militant activities in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, lowering oil production and Nigeria’s revenue earnings, how can local leaders resolve conflicts through policy-based negotiations for increased benefits to the region such as social programs,…

Policy Research Brief: Kerosene Subsidy Reform and the Burden of Supply

Months after the changes in kerosene subsidy policy,  the product remains scarce, as prices soar across major cities in Nigeria. We advocate that kerosene subsidy reform can have positive effects if it leads to improved energy supply systems, increasing energy access to the poor and the vulnerable, especially women living in communities that lack electricity and energy-efficient services.…

Joining the Dots: Fuel Subsidies, Reform, Targeting and Poor Women

ENERGIA, the international network on gender and sustainable energy, in its May 2016 newsletter, features SPACES FOR CHANGE’s energy and gender research in Nigeria. SPACES FOR CHANGE, along with project partners’ research focuses on understanding the way energy subsidy policies and reforms do or do not bring about improved access to cooking and lighting fuels – liquefied petroleum…

Make Economic Growth Work for Women in Nigeria

In the Nigerian context where women rarely have inheritance or succession rights to property, and are traditionally deprived of important empowering resources – in terms of access to land, education, health care, labor market opportunities – making economic growth work for women means more than reforming economic policies and programs, but also understanding the impacts…

Conserving Nigeria’s Biodiversity: Commemorating 2016 World Environment Day

Professor Grace Alele-Williams, Professor Hillary Inyang, Dr. Diran Fawibe and Victoria Ohaeri of SPACES FOR CHANGE were among the lead speakers at an event to commemorate 2016 World Environment Day held on June 3, 2016, at Victoria Island in Lagos. Coordinated by International Energy Communications Limited, IECL, and several collaborating institutions, the event brought together…

World Bank’s Social Assessment of the Impact of Power Sector Reforms

Thursday, June 16, 2016 World Bank’s workshop on the poverty and social impact analysis (PSIA) of power sector reforms in Nigeria united stakeholders in the Nigerian energy sector in a compelling discussion regarding the policy changes needed to drive equitable access to energy for the millions of citizens, averaging over 50%, who remain underserved, or…