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.

Taking Natural Resource Management More Seriously

Spaces for Change’s Research and Policy Communication Officer, Ms. Ndutimobong Enang joined other advocates of natural resource management, land rights, environmental justice, gender inclusion and governance at a workshop organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Natural Resources Center between 10th to 12th November 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The African Development…

Commentary on the Accelerated Upstream Financing Programme (AUFP)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has introduced the Accelerated Upstream Financing Programme (AUFP) through which it has secured a US$1.2 billion multi-year drilling financing package from a consortium of indigenous and international lenders to fund drilling in 36 offshore and onshore wells, to cover NNPC’s 60% share of the drilling operations in fields jointly…

The National Clean Cookstove Scheme: The Challenges Within

The National Clean Cookstove Scheme (NCCS) is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria aimed at improving the health of rural women, creating wealth and saving the environment through the distribution of cleaner cooking fuels. Though laudable in terms of project design and core objectives, several questions regarding the implementation of the NCCS remain.…

PHOTOSPEAK: Kerosene Queues Tell the Story of Women’s Energy Poverty

    Forte Oil, Capital Oil and Total PLC have started selling kerosene at N50 per litre at their pump stations in Lagos. Dejection. Exhaustion. Fatigue. Exasperating optimism. These adjectives and many more are insufficient to describe the expression on the faces of tens of thousands of citizens, predominantly women with babies strapped on their…

Gender & Energy Talkshow on Morning TV Program

“What has gender got to do with energy?” That is exactly the first question Eno Alfred, the Cool TV presenter asked. We are always asked this question on online spaces, especially on the social media where Spaces for Change (S4C) facilitates regular online conversations on critical public policy issues affecting the Nigerian energy sector. Expanding this conversation…

UNEP Report and Cleaning up Ogoniland

United Nation’s Environmental Programme’s (UNEP’s) recommendations for the clean-up of Ogoniland was the central focus of Spaces for Change’s discussion on Radio 102.3 FM Lagos on August 19, 2015. UNEP had in 2011, released the report of the scientific assessment of oil pollution and environmental degradation in Ogoniland, exposing the public health hazards resulting from the…