Building Collapse: Don’t Demolish Without Safeguards, S4C Urges Lagos State Government ​

On March 15, 2019, SPACES FOR CHANGE wrote to the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABCA) and Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA), demanding safeguards and social protections for those that may be affected by official measures to stem the tide of collapsed buildings in the state.  Should demolitions become inevitable, we specifically request LABCA to assess structures…

IWD2019: S4C’s Step-By-Step to Gender Equality Workshop Excites Slum Women in Lagos

In commemoration of the 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD2019), SPACES FOR CHANGE (S4C) and the Communities’ Alliance against Displacement (CAD) convened a Community Women’s Forum, Step-by-Step to Gender Equality, where 60 women and girls living in informal and displaced communities in Lagos State learned about integrated approaches for advancing gender empowerment and gender equality in their…

S4C, Lagos Communities Testify at NHRC Panel Investigating Police Brutality in Nigeria

Few days after an Urban Security Summit organized by Spaces for Change | S4C in August 2018 exposed the injustices perpetrated by Nigerian security operatives in Lagos’ informal settlements, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) announced its intention to set up an investigative panel to redress human rights violations committed by members of the Special…

Empowering Displaced Women to Overcome

On September 27, 2018,  Communities Alliance Against Displacement (CAD) launched the WOMENPOWA initiative aimed at empowering displaced women bounce back from the agony of displacement-induced poverty.  Women living in the informal settlements often have small businesses in and around their homes. When the settlements where they live are demolished on the orders of state actors…

Urban Security Summit Uncovers Injustices in Lagos Informal Settlements

Stakeholders in the justice, urban and security sectors converged at the Urban Security Summit organized by SPACES FOR CHANGE ~ S4C  on August 21, 2018, to discuss ways of strengthening institutional and human capacities to develop security and urban planning systems that are responsive, inclusive and sustainable.  Participants at the Summit  held in Lagos comprised federal…

Lagos State Housing Ministry Inaugurates Committee on Affordable Housing

In August 2018, Spaces for Change’s director, Victoria Ohaeri, was appointed member of the Lagos State Ministry of Housing Committee on Affordable Housing. The inauguration of the Committee came on the heels of sustained multi-stakeholder advocacy for the delivery of affordable housing for the low-income populations in the city of Lagos. At one such multi-stakeholder interactive…

Public-Private Connection in Urban Displacement: A Case Study of Lagos State

The names of certain private actors, notably popular chieftaincy families in Lagos, are often mentioned in most of the documented eviction exercises carried out in Lagos’ informal settlements in the name of urban renewal. This research lifts the veil of urban renewal in order to interrogate and understand the roles private actors play in facilitating mass evictions…