S4C, Lagos Communities Testify at NHRC Panel Investigating Police Brutality in Nigeria

Few days after an Urban Security Summit organized by Spaces for Change | S4C in August 2018 exposed the injustices perpetrated by Nigerian security operatives in Lagos’ informal settlements, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) announced its intention to set up an investigative panel to redress human rights violations committed by members of the Special…

Empowering Displaced Women to Overcome

On September 27, 2018,  Communities Alliance Against Displacement (CAD) launched the WOMENPOWA initiative aimed at empowering displaced women bounce back from the agony of displacement-induced poverty.  Women living in the informal settlements often have small businesses in and around their homes. When the settlements where they live are demolished on the orders of state actors…

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…

Public-Private Connection in Urban Displacement: A Case Study of Lagos State

The names of certain private actors, notably popular chieftaincy families in Lagos, are often mentioned in most of the documented eviction exercises carried out in Lagos’ informal settlements in the name of urban renewal. This research lifts the veil of urban renewal in order to interrogate and understand the roles private actors play in facilitating mass evictions…

Badia Evictees Still Pushing for Justice Years After Community Demolitions

SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C has re-initiated legal action against the Lagos State Government and the Ojora chieftaincy family, seeking justice for residents of Badia-East who were forcefully evicted, and their homes and business premises demolished in September 2015 and June 2017 respectively. The latest legal action consolidates a previous lawsuit which S4C filed on behalf…

Improving Access to Urban Services in Informal Communities

27 leaders of informal communities participated in the one-day capacity-building workshop which the Communities Alliance against Displacement (CAD) organized for its executives and leaders of their member-communities on March 30, 2018, in Lagos. CAD is a loose network that brings together representatives of informal communities and interest groups in Lagos committed to undertaking individual and collective action against…