Spaces for Change is a non-profit organization working to infuse human rights into social and economic governance processes in Nigeria.

Through digital crowd-sourcing, research, policy analysis, advocacy, youth engagement, public interest litigation and community action, we aim to increase the participation of Nigerian youth, women and communities in the development of social and economic policy, and also help public authorities and corporate entities to put a human rights approach at the heart of their decision-making.

History

Spaces for Change (S4C) began in May 2011 as an online youth movement on Facebook with the objective to provide a coordinated platform for the youth to engage in an informed debate about social and economic policies and programs in Nigeria.

It capitalized on the accessibility of the social media to promote public participation, especially of young people in democratic governance, while reinforcing the philosophy of youth engagement in critical issues bordering on economic governance, environmental justice, security and urban development.

The movement’s increasing membership and its growing popularity as a no-holds-barred platform for robust intellectual engagement and change-driven youth action impelled the decision to transmute into a more structured organization that can take good work to scale. The organization was legally registered as a not-for-profit in March 2012.

S4C has a five-member board of trustees, with a healthy balance in favour of women.

Mission

Our mission is to build the capacity of Nigerian citizens, especially of young people to participate in social and economic decision-making processes, and empower them to address development issues that affect their lives at the community, national and international levels.

Core Mission

  • To infuse human rights into social and economic decision-making processes and platforms in Nigeria.
  • To empower the Nigerian youth, vulnerable individuals, disadvantaged and poorest communities in rural and urban areas to participate actively in social and economic decision-making processes, and to become actors of social change.
  • To design and implement programs that accelerate the social and economic development of the Nigerian youth.
  • Publicizing and drawing global attention to social and economic injustices, human rights abuses, corruption and egregious acts of impunity whether occurring in the public and private sectors, specifically by investigating, documenting and reporting such actions, or conducting or commissioning research (and publishing the results of such research).
  • Promoting and protecting the interdependence and invisibility of all human rights – be it civil and political, social, economic and cultural rights – as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR);and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Vision

Our vision is to build a society of responsible young people and committed citizens working together to found a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria, based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights for all.