2018 Annual Report of SPACES FOR CHANGE

In 2018, the organization worked in five thematic areas: urban justice, energy reforms, gender, youth development and defending civil society space. Regardless of the thematic focal area, the array of programs and activities detailed in this Annual Report impacted thousands of lives across regions,  particularly ensuring that everyone is given the chance to participate and…

Strengthening Community Participation in the Home Grown School-Feeding Programme

Two town hall meetings SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C convened in Abia and Imo States brought together parents, pupils, head-teachers, class teachers, food vendors, community leaders, state coordinators and other grass-root managers involved in the implementation of the Home Grown School-Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in the two states. The town halls held on February 9th and 16th, 2019, respectively,…

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…

Cities for Profit Vs. Cities for People

Do economic transactions affect citizens’ constitutional rights to public space? With the influx of private investments in real estate and mega project development—such as the Eko Atlantic City and the Lekki Free Trade Zone—what are the emerging tensions between private investments and public interests? How does the Cities for Profit vs. Cities for People narrative play out in the Lagos…

Towards Inclusive Human Settlements in Lagos State

Discussions about demolitions and forced displacements are usually contentious, especially when unlikely allies come together to have a dialogue on how to tackle this common problem. SPACES FOR CHANGE’s | S4C’s July 26, 2017 multi-stakeholder dialogue between slumdwellers and urban policymakers in Lagos State marked the turn of the tide. The one-day dialogue, ‘‘Towards Inclusive Human Settlements in Lagos State’’,…