Standing Together to Defend the Civic Space

Determined to share knowledge across professional and sector boundaries, leading practitioners in the non-profit, public and private sectors came together in Lagos, on November 28, 2018, to brainstorm on knowledge-to-action techniques for confronting the rising tide of governmental actions that restrict the operational space for civic engagements and non-profit activities in Nigeria. State actors often justify…

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…

Standing Together to Defend the Civic Space

SPACES FOR CHANGE ‘s| S4C’s regional workshop, Promoting and Defending Internet Freedoms in Nigeria,  held on September 5, 2018, brought together 35 online practitioners in Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, to increase their capacity to push back against the increasing tide of restrictions on civic spaces often targeted at civil society actors operating in virtual, online and offline…

S4C Participates in GIABA’s Regional Workshop for Civil Society Organizations

Fisayo Ajala, SPACES FOR CHANGE’s / S4C’s Researcher on Civic Space joined 47 other civil society representatives and stakeholders from across the West African region at the three-day sensitization workshop organized by the Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA). The recently-concluded workshop  on anti-money laundering (AML) and countering financing of terrorism (CFT) requirements…

PREVENTING TERRORIST ABUSE OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

SPACES FOR CHANGE joined 50 other non-profit stakeholders in West Africa at the three-day regional workshop organized by the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) to discuss the strategies for developing effective frameworks and structures to fight money laundering and terrorist financing through non-profit organizations (NPOs). GIABA, the institution responsible for coordinating anti-money…

Panel Discussion at NYU Examines Global Strategies for Reclaiming the Civic Space

SPACES FOR CHANGE’s director, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, joined activists from Argentina, United States, Brazil, Philippines and India at a panel discussion on Reclaiming Civic Space: Resistance, Resilience and Resources held at New York University (NYU) on May 21, 2018. The panelists at the discussion are contributing authors to the 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights (SUR 26), published…

ENGAGING EFFECTIVELY IN COUNTER-TERRORISM & ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING PROCESSES

SPACES FOR CHANGE participated in the Experts Hub on anti-money laundering (AML) and countering financing of terrorism (CFT) held on January 21 -26, 2018 at the Hague, Netherlands. International Center for Non-profit Law (ICNL), European Center for Non-profit Law (ECNL) and Human Security Collective (HSC) co-organized the Experts’ Hub which brought together representatives of non-profit…

Federal Legislative Committee Hold Retreat on the NGO Bill

At a special retreat for members of the Nigerian House of Representatives’ Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners considering the Non-governmental Organizations Regulatory Bill (NGO BIll), SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C delivered an expert legal analysis of the draft statute, highlighting the intersections with existing legislations and the implications for civil society and charitable operations in…

S4C Testifies at NHRC’s Public Hearing on Police Abuses in the South West Zone

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING ON POLICE ABUSES IN NIGERIA HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017  NOPRIN and the National Human Rights Commission, with the support of the Observatory on Monitoring of Human Rights Observance by Security and Justice Institutions in Nigeria, held a Public Hearing on Police Abuses in Nigeria, in Lagos…