15th Lagos Housing Fair

Focusing attention on local content in the provision of housing is the theme of the 2016 Lagos Housing Fair (LHF) held in Lagos. The event held which started on April 25, 2016, brought together city planners,  urban experts, state officials, exhibitors, and manufacturers of local building products in Nigeria.  LHF’s core objective is premised on the…

Research on Urban Infrastructure-related Displacement Begins

SPACES FOR CHANGE is collaborating with the Bartlett Development Planning Unit of the University College London (UCL-DPU) to conduct a research that aims to better understand how engagement between civil society groups and planners in Nigerian cities can protect the interests of the poor in the context of urban infrastructure development. . This research project is part of the ‘Urbanisation Research…

Slum Youth Challenge the Rhetoric of Hooliganism and Criminality

With support from Spaces for Change, the youth living in the Lagos slums of Ijora Badia-East and Ebutte-Metta are using arts, music, dance, drama, skill acquisition training and public concerts to challenge popular narratives that label them as “criminals, hoodlums, miscreants.”  At a public concert held in Badia East on March 30, 2016, hundreds of local…

The Abuja Declaration: 7 Priorities Adopted at UNHABITAT Africa Regional Conference

Spaces for Change joined advocates, urban experts, city managers, urban policy makers, activists and political leaders drawn from 52 African nations at the UNHABITAT Africa Regional Conference on Habitat III held in Abuja, Nigeria, between February 24-26, 2016. After three days of deliberations, seven priorities areas – christened the Abuja Declaration – were unanimously adopted as…

Senior citizens facing eviction at Alvan Staff Quarters!

Spaces for Change, the children and friends of AICE pensioners are deeply concerned about the continuing intimidation, land-grabbing, eviction threats and more particularly, the February 15, 2016 scheduled demolition of Shell Camp, Alvan Staff Quarters, Owerri ordered by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.  Alvan Staff Quarters is home to the retired lecturers, professors and administrators…