JEI is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. We support the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation (Federation) to empower poor and marginalized individuals and communities to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities -- whether greater access to justice for the poor, pro-poor urban governance and policy, or community-led in-situ upgrading and development. 

Our work is community driven, community owned, and community sustained. The Federation and its member communities identify their needs and set priorities. These priorities direct all aspects of our work.


We bring technical expertise in law, advocacy, urban planning, creative media, and community organizing to inform, strengthen and support Federation-led efforts to solve justice and development problems.


Our ultimate goal is to build the capacity of poor and marginalized individuals and help set up sustainable community-level and inter-community structures to support and leverage their efforts and resources to bring about lasting change.

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Three core principles guide our work:


JEI continually strives to overcome forces of exclusion of the urban poor by dismantling barriers preventing the poorest individuals from accessing justice, benefiting from development efforts, and directly participating in urban planning and governance. JEI requires equal representation and participation of women and men, and recognizes women’s unique capacity to work for the betterment of their families and communities. Finally, JEI supports communities in demanding accountability in the face of impunity and finding ways to access government services or justice institutions without participating in everyday corruption. 

Partnership and collaboration are essential to all of our work. We are incredibly thankful for the generous support and guidance provided by our partners. If you would like to partner with us, please contact us at

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Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) is a network of community-based organisations of the urban poor in 32 countries and hundreds of cities and towns across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation is the local affiliate of SDI in Nigeria and JEI is the supporting NGO.


Cities Alliance is a global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. Cities Alliance supports JEI's community-led data collection, policy advocacy, and paralegal support for migrant populations living in Lagos.


The Dutch Embassy in Nigeria supports the emerging policy advocacy work of the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation as they advocate with federal and state duty-bearers for more pro-poor, inclusive policy, particularly around lynchpin issues of land grab and corporate accountability for social and environmental impacts of their operations.


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. NED supports JEI's training and support for the work of community-based paralegals from urban slums.

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The Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBS) works with civil society, government actors, and policy shapers to inspire public debate on the development options before Nigeria. HBS Nigeria the work of JEI and the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation to identify ways of securing land tenure for the urban poor in Lagos.


Collaboration with other NGOs, CBOs, universities, and government actors is a critical component of our work as we seek to leverage collective resources, capacities, and specializations in order to achieve greater impact. A special thank you to everyone who shares our vision for change.