international awards & Competitons
AVN is one of the top 10 winners out of 100 projects fighting climate change proposed in the "My Positive Impact" campaign organised online by the Nicolas Hulot Foundation in France.
As a result of being in the top 10 projects receiving the most votes, AVN will now benefit from a major promotional campaign in France, in advance of the International Climate Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December.
AVN received a Momentum for Change Prize at the 20th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), Lima, Peru, Dec 1-12, 2014.
The Prize was awarded to 12 innovative projects concerned with attenuation of, and adaptation to the effects of climate change. These "Lighthouse Activities", have developed economic, social, and environmental solutions to the problem.
AVN's work was recognised as being of major importance in the Urban poor category.
Some welcome compliments
- “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.” (March 2017, David Ireland, Director of BSHF, funders and co-ordinators of the World Habitat Awards)
- “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.” (March 2017: Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing and judge of the World Habitat Award)
- " ... a remarkable achievement..." - Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameeen Bank, Bangladesh, and Nobel Peace Prize 2006 (March 2009, when AVN was one of the winners of a competition on Facebook to meet Muhammad Yunus in Paris)
- " The Nubian Vault is until now the best program in the world in the field of skills transfer in the construction of earth brick vaults... their success is due to their emphasis on the social aspects of this technology transfer" - Satprem Maini, UNESCO Chair of Earth Architecture, Auroville Earth Institute, India (April 2007, in support of AVN's bid for the Tech Museum Award)
- "The leverage effects generated by AVN make it one of the most innovative initiatives benefiting the population of the Sahel" - Arnaud Mourot, CEO, Ashoka France (April 2007)
- "My dream is to be able one day to contribute to your work alongside the NV masons..." - Simone Swan, President of the Adobe Alliance, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (July 2011, in an email to Thomas Granier, co-founder of AVN)