Understanding the idea of affordable housing

With support from Heinrich Boll Stiftung, a week-long study tour of social housing approaches in Munich, Germany, has broadened SPACES FOR CHANGE’s  understanding of affordable home-ownership models that can be deployed to increase housing delivery to low-income earners and the urban poor. From Lagos, to Abuja, to Port Harcourt, and other Nigerian cities, millions of urban poor dwellers…

Averting Another Round of Forced Evictions in Badia Community

A government-community policy dialogue that SPACES FOR CHANGE brokered between the Nigerian Railway Corporation and Ijora-Badia residents have averted another round of evictions in the community.   Ijora Badia has been the theater of repeated demolitions, forced evictions of historic proportions, which have resulted in significant disruption of social and economic activities. When officials of…

CAAD Elects EXCO; Sets Agenda

Communities Alliance Against Displacement (CAAD) held its first general meeting on February 23, 2017, with 23 community representatives in attendance. The meeting drew participation from displaced communities, including those settlements in Lagos threatened with forced evictions such as Mowo-Phase2, Ajeromi (Badia-East), Ebute-Metta (West), Otodo-gbame, Atikporome, Araromi-Ale, Otto-Ilogbo, Adekunle Makoko and Toluwani communities.   Election of CAAD…

Communities Alliance against Displacement (CAD) Launched

Leaders and representatives of slum and displaced communities across Lagos have come together under one banner–‘Communities Alliance against Displacement’ (CAD)–to develop a common agenda for tackling forced evictions and mass displacements in the state. Launched on February 15, 2017, CAD is a loose network of community organizations pooling together their resources to address the land…

Talent Hunt for Slum Youth Begins

SPACES FOR CHANGE [S4C] has kicked off the first edition of the slum youth talent hunt show, ‘IFESOWAPO’ in Lagos. The talent hunt commenced on February 13, 2017, with a needs assessment exercise in Ajeromi Community in Badia-East in Lagos, with the aim of identifying what the youth of the community see as their priorities, skill gaps…

Lagos Joins the Club of Resilient Cities

At a high-profile, agenda-setting workshop on urban resilience held on February 8, 2017, Lagos State was admitted as one of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) in the world. 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing…

Lagos Evictions: Setting an Agenda for Collective Action

For residents of Lagos informal communities—often designated as slum settlements—bulldozers accompanied by heavily-armed and tear-gassing security operatives are regular visitors to their enclaves. In the last one year, rampaging bulldozers have flattened Badia, Oshodi, Ilubirin, Otodo-gbame, and several communities in Lagos on the orders of state authorities, or their collaborating private actors. The reasons officially…