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…Details
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…Details
Sponsored by Honourable Victor O. Nwokolo, the Petroleum Host Community Development Bill seeks to monitor and regulate the programs and practices of communities that are included in petroleum production. The major objective for the bill is to provide a particular structure that guides the companies and people involved in the petroleum production and the conduct their…Details
The implementation of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations can influence policy choices and governmental measures designed to curtail criminal activity in the domestic arena. This Factsheet examines how FATF influences Nigeria’s regulatory framework for anti-money laundering (AML) and for countering financing of terrorism (CFT).
Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) Recommendation 8 (R8) applies to non-profits,and this includes the civil
society sector. This Factsheet explains what non-profits have to know about R8 and the implications for their charitable operations.
Badia-East: Demolished in September 2015, and again on June 15, 2017 on the orders of government forces and private collaborators. About 500 persons, mostly women and children, were rendered homeless this year alone. SPACES FOR CHANGE documents the experiences of Badia residents after the June 15, 2017 forced evictions and the demolition of their homes…Details
Do you work for a non-profit or non-governmental organization (NGO), more broadly referred to as civil society groups? SPACES FOR CHANGE’s FATF Factsheet Series provides concise pieces of information designed to increase sectoral understanding of the Financial Action Task Force and the implications for civil society operations in Nigeria. Download FACTSHEET 01
A Task Force squad comprising demolition agents of the Lagos State Government and scores of heavily-armed security operatives invaded Badia-East this morning, Thursday, June 15, 2017. Lagos State Task Force forcefully evicted residents, demolished their homes, rendering over 500 families homeless at the peak of the rainfall! These demolitions and forced evictions constitute gross violation…Details
Understanding National Risk Assessments and FATF Evaluations is a presentation by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) at SPACES FOR CHANGE’s public dialogue on closing spaces for civil society in Nigeria held on May 29, 2017. The presentation sheds light on National Risks Assessments (NRA) | Why the NRA is important |…Details
The report, Closing Spaces for Civic Engagement and Civil Society in Nigeria, generates a database of closing spaces across Nigeria, presenting the evidence of restrictions on citizens and civil society operations, perpetrated under the guise of ‘national interest’, ‘national security’ and ‘other money laundering and terrorism financing considerations.
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