By systematically monitoring and evaluating the gaps between policy and practice in the energy sector, we build new evidence for deepening multi-stakeholder understanding and participation in the formulation and implementation of energy reform policies and programs in Nigeria.

We proceed upon the premise that any activity along the energy supply chain or the management of natural resources must not be carried out in a way that threatens the sustainability of livelihoods, human settlements and the environment.

Women could gain far more with better targeting of government energy subsidies, new research finds

Millions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies could be better targeted by governments to benefit poor women. That’s according to recent research from the Global Subsidies Initiative of IISD, with ENERGIA and partners Spaces for Change, IRADe and Bangladesh Institute for Development Studies.   The research involved surveys with 2,400 households as well as…

Social Media for Extractive Justice: Lessons from Spaces for Change

Members of the Publish What You Pay movement, comprising campaigners, activists, advocacy organizations, and development experts from all over the world, converged at its tri- annual Global Assembly held in Dakar, Senegal from 29-31 January 2019. The Publish What You Pay Global Assembly 2019 (PWYPGA19) kicked off with opening statements by senior government officials in Senegal. A representative…

Bolstering Community Participation in Assa North and Ohaji South Gas Development Project in Imo State

Over 300 inhabitants of Assa village, in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, attended SPACES FOR CHANGE’s| S4C’s community workshop, Bolstering Community Participation in Extractive Resource Management, held on October 12, 2018. Assa is the host community of Seplat Petroleum Development Company, operators of the Assa North and Ohaji South | ANOH gas…

Improving the Effectiveness of Energy Interventions Through Gender Empowerment

SPACES FOR CHANGE joined energy researchers from across the globe at the annual meeting of the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (Energia) held in Rwanda between October 20-27, 2018. The meeting brought together 35 energy experts comprising researchers from local and international research organizations, independent think-thanks, national statistical bodies, and members of Technical…

Expanding Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment in the Petroleum Industry

Whether it is by means of employment quota, affirmative action, corporate policies on gender diversity, targeted investment in girls/women STEM education, access to finance or making licensing conditions less onerous for women entrepreneurs and investors, African governments must take concerted measures to increase women’s visibility and participation in the oil and gas sector. SPACES FOR…

Learning from Mining-Impacted Communities in Ghana

A linking-and-learning visit to Saaman, a mining-impacted community in the Fanteakwa District of Ghana’s Eastern Region, afforded SPACES FOR CHANGE / S4C an opportunity to learn about other advocacy approaches resource-rich communities in the West African sub-region are using to push for environmental justice and community participation in natural resource governance. WACAM,  the premier community-based…

Positions, Arguments & Debate at the Public Hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill

The House of Representatives’ Adhoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bills (PIB) conducted a public hearing between May 15 – 16, 2018, inviting relevant stakeholders and the general public to submit memoranda that would assist them in considering three proposed oil reform regimes for passage into law. The three draft petroleum statutes scheduled for parliamentary…