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…

Learning Event on Innovative Program Design and Implementation Approaches

Ford Foundation’s West Africa Office, in collaboration with Spaces for Change|S4C convened a two-day learning event on Innovative Program Design and Implementation Approaches on April 12-13, 2018, in Lagos, Nigeria. Fiscal Justice is one of the Foundation’s core priorities. Along this line, the event brought together partners and grantees of the Ford Founding, comprising representatives…

Memorandum Submitted to the House of Representatives’ Adhoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bills

The Nigerian parliament, specifically the House of Representatives’ Adhoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bills convened a public hearing on the underlisted draft oil reform statutes on May 15 – 17, 2018, namely: 1. Petroleum Host & Impacted Communities Development Bill (PHCDB) 2 Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill 2018 and 3. Petroleum Industry Administration Bill 2018.…

Challenging Frequent Police Raids in Urban Slums

  Young people living in the slums and informal settlements have one major pain: they are stereotyped and negatively labelled as criminals. These stereotypes and negative labels often provide justifications for security agents to frequently raid their homes and communities, arresting and detaining them in the disguise of fighting crime. Working in collaboration with SPACES…

SPACES FOR CHANGE ANNUAL REPORT 2017

In 2017, SPACES FOR CHANGE ventured into relatively new research terrains, especially around reclaiming the civic space and defending civil society. In this regard, we rolled up our sleeves and developed new analytical tools, new databases, built new vocabulary and articulated new advocacy goals. Looking back on the milestones of our past research and advocacy…

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES’ COMMITTEE ON CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

In June 2016, Honorable Umar Jubril Ibrahim, representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency of Kogi State in Nigeria’s House of Representatives, sponsored a bill to supervise, coordinate and monitor nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria. Among other objectives, the bill, popularly known as the NGO Bill, seeks to “to regulate CSOs on matters…