Mar 20, 2017

AVN wins 2106 World Habitat Award

World Habitat Award
World Habitat Award

"A Roof, A Skill, A Market ", AVN's programme for dissemination of an appropriate housing in West Africa,has won the 2016 World Habitat Award, the most prestigious international distinction in the field of housing.

This prize, awarded by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) together with UN-Habitat, demonstrates once more AVN’s standing as a major player in the field of appropriate housing in Africa. Already a WHA finalist in 2009, this French organization working in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Benin and Ghana was chosen by the jury among 12 selected projects and given a £ 10,000 reward. The award ceremony will take place in May 2017 in Nairobi (Kenya) during UN-Habitat’s Governing Council meeting.

The Sahel is a region under extreme pressure from climate change, conflict and grinding poverty. Nubian vaults provide a far better way for people to live in this fragile region for little cost and virtually no environmental impact.” (David Ireland, Director of BSHF, funders and co-ordinators of the World Habitat Awards)

Appropriate housing, for as many as possible, as soon as possible

Since 2000, the Nubian Vault Association’s mission is to develop a market for appropriate housing in West Africa, integrating issues of housing, vocational training, economy, environment and climate. At the heart of the programme, an architectural concept both ancestral and innovative: the Nubian Vault. This building technique uses neither wood nor metal, but only raw earth, and enables the professional training of a local and often precarious workforce to a business with a future. The results? Local populations have access to affordable and appropriate – i.e. resilient and comfortable in the face of climate change – housing, green jobs are created, economies are strengthened at all levels and an “appropriate housing” sector is developing in a growing green economy.

Deployed in five countries, and growing by an average 32% yearly, the programme led by 67 team members, most of them African, and carried in collaboration with numerous local partners, has enabled, since inception, the construction of 2,000 buildings in 830 towns and villages, to the benefit of 25,000 people; the training and professional inclusion of 635 apprentices, masons, artisans and entrepreneurs; a potential economy of 65,000 tons of CO2; and the re-injection of 2.5 million euros into local circuits.

The right to adequate housing is so fragile right now and under such threat, it’s incredibly heartening to know that ‘A roof, a skill, a market’ is fighting to ensure a dignified life through adequate housing. It strikes me that this project has a macro perspective that fits with the human rights vision.” (Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing and judge of the World Habitat Award).

Foir more information about this prestigious Award, you can download the attached Press Release....

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Feb 17, 2017

Annual Report 2015-2016 now available

Annual Report
Annual Report

Our Annual Report for the 2015-2016 season is now available in English, and can be downloaded from the AVN website, here.

Concerning our programme in Mali, the main points summarised in the report are as follows:
- 17 local employees in the AVN-Mali team
- 1 national office, and 5 regional office
- a 26% increase in results (numbers of vaults built and apprentices trained) during the season, with 63 active pilot villages
- 73 new construction sites, bringing the number of sites with at least one NV building up to 295
- expansion to a new region of deployment (Banamba)
- 1,109 new end-user beneficiaries
- 3,357 tons of CO2 potentially economised.

A major project completed during the season is an agricultural production unit for misola flour, in Niéna, for the Franco-Malian NGO Teriya Amitié Mali. The building is made up of 9 vaults, with a floor area of 140 m2. Its construction also permitted the training, on-site, of 11 new NV apprentices.

Read more by downloading our Annual Report...

 

 

AVN offices in Mali
AVN offices in Mali
AVN-Mali team
AVN-Mali team
Agricultural production unit, Niena
Agricultural production unit, Niena

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Dec 8, 2016

AVN on the International Stage

AVN signs agreement with Ghana at Habitat III
AVN signs agreement with Ghana at Habitat III

There is not much new to report from our programme in the field since my last update three months ago - building can't take place during the summer (June, July, August), when intermittent and often heavy rains are incompatible with mud brick construction. And many NV masons are also subsistence farmers, busy with agricultural work during these months.

AVN at major international meetings

If the summer rains prevented construction, our AVN-International representatives have been very busy promoting our programme, networking, and fund-raising. Events to which AVN have been invited recently include:

- the Terra 2016 International conference on Earthern Architecture in Lyon, France, July 11-14, where AVN CEO Thomas Granier and colleagues presented  a paper on the challenges of using locally sourced construction materials in the context of AVN's large-scale programme for development of a market in earthern architecture in the Sahel

- the SXSW Eco Conference, Austin, Texas, Oct 10-12, at which AVN was a finalist in the 'Place by Design' competition, in the category 'Resilience & Health'

- the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Habitat III, Quito, Ecuador, Oct 17-20, at which AVN jointly ran a Networking Event, together with the Ghana Affordable Housing Network and other partners, on "Better building in Africa". As a result of this event, a cooperation agreement was signed between AVN and the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development of Ghana, which should lay the foundations for accelerating AVN's programme in the north of the country.

- the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov 7 - 18 which at  AVN had a booth and also took part in many side-events.

AVN's presence at these meetings, through the various networking events and workshops which it organised and took part in, has reinforced the importance of multi-agency involvement in development projects if they are to bring maximum benefits to as many people as possible.

World Habitat Awards 2016

AVN is one of 12 finalists for this year's World Habitat Award (we were also one of "11 outstanding finalists" for the Award in 2009). Let's hope that, this time round, we might win the Award. At the moment, an evaluation team is visiting each of the finalist's projects to advise on who the Winner will be ... fingers crossed!


Remember that it is in some measure due to your support that, over the last 10 years and more, AVN has come to be recognised as a major player for its programme of promoting and growing a market for sustainable, eco-friendly, affordable construction in West Africa. Please continue to help, and to tell your friends, family, and colleagues about our work, to complement the networking and on the international stage by our (very small and over-worked) AVN-International team based in in France.

Habitat III logo
Habitat III logo
Eco SXSW logo
Eco SXSW logo
COP 22
COP 22

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