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.

Collaborating to Promote Greener Kitchens

As Spaces for Change’s gender and energy policy campaign trumpets: “Women’s access to clean cooking fuels is a human right!” Consistent with this central theme, the directors of Spaces for Change.S4C and Carbon Credit Network met in Lagos on Thursday, August 6, 2015, to explore collaborative opportunities for deepening women’s access to cleaner, carbon-free cooking technologies which are…

Energy Continental Award for Media Excellence (ECAME)

  On July 31, 2015, the organizing committee of the Energy Continental Award for Media Excellence (ECAME) held its maiden meeting in Lagos. ECAME aims to identify and celebrate journalists in Africa who demonstrate strong commitment to intelligent reporting and analysis of issues in the energy, environment and intermediate industries. Through such recognition, journalists will be…

Smart, Climate-resilient Cities are Possible

“Building smart, just and climate-resilient cities are possible.” Stakeholders working on issues around housing and urban development, construction, geography, academia, civil society and climate adaptation reached this consensus at a roundtable held on Friday, July 24, 2015 in Lagos. Ndutimobong Enang, Spaces for Change’s Research & Policy Communications Officer, participated in the discussions highlighting strategies…

Fuel Subsidy Reforms: Moving from Anger to Cooperation

Outrage and widespread resistance greeted the Nigerian government’s attempt to remove fuel subsidy from premium motor spirit (popularly known as petrol) on January 1, 2012. The reason behind the then abrupt subsidy cuts was to block leakages that characterized the administration of subsidies, freeing up important revenue for investment in critical sectors such as health,…

NBS Revises Methodology for Computing Employment Statistics

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revised the definition and methodology for computing unemployment statistics in Nigeria. Spaces for Change’s Cletus Ogwuche joined stakeholders drawn from the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy at the Wednesday, May 14, 2015’s press briefing held in Abuja, Nigeria, where the NBS presented the revised unemployment…

DEBATE: Is Nigeria Ready for Renewable Energy Development? The Pros and Cons

Spaces for Change’s (S4C’s) May 4, 2015 press statement urged the Nigerian government to tackle the crippling effects of recurrent fuel scarcity by taking its commitment to renewable energy development more seriously. Consistent with its tradition of leveraging the new media and crowdsourcing tools to promote public awareness of social and economic policies and to…