Enough! Stop criminalizing young people living in the slums!

Miscreants. Street urchins. Drug addicts. Criminals. Thugs. Prostitutes. These are examples of the negative adjectives commonly used to describe young people living in urban slums and informal settlements. Labeling them in this manner often provides justification for security agents to routinely raid the spaces and places where they live, leading to the arrest and detention…

It is the elite versus the people

In this article, Carel Grol, a Dutch journalist writes about the mass demolition of informal settlements and replacing them with luxury villas… (Original article in Dutch published in Het Financieele Dagblad. Translated to English)   Aderemi Ilawole is dead. He was 74. He owned seven houses in Badia East, a small neighbourhood alongside the railway lines…

What Should an Eviction Guideline Contain?

In Lagos, developing the capital city’s infrastructure remains a priority for the Lagos State Government. This official commitment toward infrastructure provisioning has often resulted in mass evictions and large-scale displacement of city inhabitants, especially the urban poor who live in the informal settlements, also known as slums. There is currently no legal framework that espouses how…

Moving Towards Urban Inclusivity Workshop

SPACES FOR CHANGE convened the Moving Towards Urban Inclusivity Workshop in Owerri on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  There were 45 persons in attendance, comprising traders, market women, members of the Nigerian Bar Association, federation of women lawyers (FIDA), civil servants, religious leaders, retirees and NGO workers. The aim of the workshop is to build awareness of housing…

Presenting anti-Eviction Policy Proposal to Urban Stakeholders

On the invitation of the Lagos State Government, SPACES FOR CHANGE|S4C officially presented its plans to draft the Guidelines on Forced Evictions at the Monthly Interactive Session of Stakeholders & Community Development Practitioners in Lagos State held on October 26, 2017. The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Communications and Communities specially invited S4C to the forum. S4C team…

S4C Testifies at NHRC’s Public Hearing on Police Abuses in the South West Zone

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING ON POLICE ABUSES IN NIGERIA HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017  NOPRIN and the National Human Rights Commission, with the support of the Observatory on Monitoring of Human Rights Observance by Security and Justice Institutions in Nigeria, held a Public Hearing on Police Abuses in Nigeria, in Lagos…

Factsheet on Imo Demolitions

   Date Demolitions  | Government Justification |Consequences 2012-2016 Beginning from 2012, an unceasing string of demolition exercises has raged through the State in the name of urban renewal. In a number of press statements, Imo State Government has said the demolition exercises form part of its urban renewal efforts to make Owerri a modern city…

Pushing for Change through Digital Story-telling

After participating in an intensive 5-day course on digital story-telling, 15 youths from informal settlements across Lagos State have learned how to produce their own digital stories about the social inequalities, extreme deprivations and forced displacement that they face everyday. Through a 7-part process, the participants comprising 8 males and 7 females, aged 20-35 years,…