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AVN: an innovative program of sustainable housing & adaptation to climate change

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News from AVN

  • Momentum for change Prize and participation in COP 20 in Lima
  • Nicolas Hulot and Monique Barbut visit a NV in Dakar

A few words from AVN

This fall 2014, United Nations agencies in charge of environmental issues have recognised  the relevance of AVN's program as an innovative solution for attenuation of and adaptation to climate change, as well as being a prime mover in the sector of affordable and sustainable housing.

AVN, Laureate of the Momentum for Change Prize, invited to COP 20, Lima


AVN is honoured to be invited to attend the the 20th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), Lima, Peru, Dec 1-12, when we will be awarded the prestigious Momentum for Change Prize.

AVN laureate of the Momentum for change Prize

The Prize has been awarded to 12 innovative projects concerned with attenuation of, and adaptation to the effects of climate change. These are distinguished as "Lighthouse Activities", which have developed economic, social, and environmental solutions to the problem. AVN's work has been recognised as of major importance in the  Urban poor category for its success in disseminating the NV concept:

  • the relevance of the NV concept for resolving the urban housing problem
  • an effective  dissemination strategy which has resulted in the emergence and growth of a NV construction market based on trained NV artisans (the offer) and local clienteles (the demand)
  • the replicability of this strategy conceptually, geographically, and through effective partnerships in the field
  • the autonomy and durability of the NV markets leading to an endogenous,  home-grown solution to the housing problem.

 

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Thomas Granier, CEO and Co-founder of the AVN Program, and Cécilia Rinaudo, Development Director, will receive the Momentum for change Prize on December 10th.

AN opportunity for forging new synergies & partnerships

This major occasion is an opportunity for AVN to present our Program to a wide variety of personalities, institutions and organisations involved in the climate change debate - in particular the representatives of African countries directly concerned with habitat problems and the related economic, social, environmental and professional training issues.

Meetings have already been arranged with some of our partners (Coordination Sud, Geres, etc.), and, for sure, the conferences, discussions, and workshops during the week will provide multiple networking opportunities for future partnerships and financial supports for AVN's work.

This event will allow us to expand our international network, improve our global visibility, and help us to plan our contribution to the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) which will be held in Paris next year...

Read  more ...


Nicolas Hulot and Monique Barbut visit a NV in Dakar (Senegal)

On November 7th 2014, Nicolas Hulot, the French President's special envoy on environmental matters, and Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention against desertification, met Thomas Granier (CEO of AVN), during a visit to a NV prayer room on the motorway service area of Cambérène, on the outskirts of Dakar.

This visit was the occasion for these "environmental ambassadors" to realise the importance of the NV concept by seeing an example of the use of local materials and methods for construction - and the relevance of the NV concept for provision of affordable housing in the Sahel. Furthermore, the visit illustrated the synergy possible between the corporate and development sectors, as the motorway construction work is being undertaken by Eiffage Senegal, a partner of AVN since 2011.

(L to R) : Monique Barbut, 
Thomas Granier  Nicolas Hulot
 
 
AVN is honoured by this visit from such key personalities in the elaboration of global strategies of environmental protection and adaptation to climate change.

Read more ...


Some other news from AVN


AVN's Mission

Untold millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to decent and affordable housing. Deforestation has led to scarcity of timber and straw for traditional roof construction. Families spend meagre cash resources on imported and expensive sawn timber and sheet metal to put a roof over their heads, further worsening the vicious circle of poverty in which they are trapped.

 

Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN), disseminates the Nubian Vault (NV) technical concept through its 'Earth Roofs in the Sahel' Program, and offers a valid, affordable, and appropriate technical solution to this problem, based on three integrated concepts:

  A Roof + A Skill + A Market

The Nubian Vault (NV)  construction technique uses local skills and labor and renewable materials (earth, rocks, water...) for sustainable low cost homes and other buildings. They are environmentally friendly and  cheaper, more comfortable and longer lasting than the widespread, but expensive and sub-standard cement block, metal roofed buildings.
 

AVN organises the training and support of local teams to promote this solution for as many people as possible, as soon as possible, by generating a large-scale market in Nubian Vault construction. As a result, families can acquire comfortable, sustainable, and decent housing, at the same time improving their economic conditions, their quality of life, and their environment.

AVN is recognized both locally and internationally as one of the most competent, innovative and experienced organizations dealing with housing, entrepreneurship and environmental challenges, through both its technical capabilities and its economic model:
- UNFCCC / COP 20 Momentum for Change Prize, Urban Poor (2014),
- UN-Habitat/Dubai International Award for Best Practice to improve the Living Environment (2013);
- Schwab Foundation/Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Africa WEF - 2012),
- World Bank/Development Marketplace competition, Climate Change Adaptation (2009);,
- Tech Awards for Economic Development (2007),
- Ashoka Changemakers/Affordable Housing (2006) ...

 
 

 

AVN: an innovative program of sustainable housing & adaptation to climate change

avn

 

News from AVN

  • Momentum for change Prize and participation in COP 20 in Lima
  • Nicolas Hulot and Monique Barbut visit a NV in Dakar

A few words from AVN

This fall 2014, United Nations agencies in charge of environmental issues have recognised  the relevance of AVN's program as an innovative solution for attenuation of and adaptation to climate change, as well as being a prime mover in the sector of affordable and sustainable housing.

AVN, Laureate of the Momentum for Change Prize, invited to COP 20, Lima


AVN is honoured to be invited to attend the the 20th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), Lima, Peru, Dec 1-12, when we will be awarded the prestigious Momentum for Change Prize.

AVN laureate of the Momentum for change Prize

The Prize has been awarded to 12 innovative projects concerned with attenuation of, and adaptation to the effects of climate change. These are distinguished as "Lighthouse Activities", which have developed economic, social, and environmental solutions to the problem. AVN's work has been recognised as of major importance in the  Urban poor category for its success in disseminating the NV concept:

  • the relevance of the NV concept for resolving the urban housing problem
  • an effective  dissemination strategy which has resulted in the emergence and growth of a NV construction market based on trained NV artisans (the offer) and local clienteles (the demand)
  • the replicability of this strategy conceptually, geographically, and through effective partnerships in the field
  • the autonomy and durability of the NV markets leading to an endogenous,  home-grown solution to the housing problem.

 

Click to enlarge

Thomas Granier, CEO and Co-founder of the AVN Program, and Cécilia Rinaudo, Development Director, will receive the Momentum for change Prize on December 10th.

AN opportunity for forging new synergies & partnerships

This major occasion is an opportunity for AVN to present our Program to a wide variety of personalities, institutions and organisations involved in the climate change debate - in particular the representatives of African countries directly concerned with habitat problems and the related economic, social, environmental and professional training issues.

Meetings have already been arranged with some of our partners (Coordination Sud, Geres, etc.), and, for sure, the conferences, discussions, and workshops during the week will provide multiple networking opportunities for future partnerships and financial supports for AVN's work.

This event will allow us to expand our international network, improve our global visibility, and help us to plan our contribution to the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) which will be held in Paris next year...

Read  more ...


Nicolas Hulot and Monique Barbut visit a NV in Dakar (Senegal)

On November 7th 2014, Nicolas Hulot, the French President's special envoy on environmental matters, and Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention against desertification, met Thomas Granier (CEO of AVN), during a visit to a NV prayer room on the motorway service area of Cambérène, on the outskirts of Dakar.

This visit was the occasion for these "environmental ambassadors" to realise the importance of the NV concept by seeing an example of the use of local materials and methods for construction - and the relevance of the NV concept for provision of affordable housing in the Sahel. Furthermore, the visit illustrated the synergy possible between the corporate and development sectors, as the motorway construction work is being undertaken by Eiffage Senegal, a partner of AVN since 2011.

(L to R) : Monique Barbut, 
Thomas Granier  Nicolas Hulot
 
 
AVN is honoured by this visit from such key personalities in the elaboration of global strategies of environmental protection and adaptation to climate change.

Read more ...


Some other news from AVN


AVN's Mission

Untold millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to decent and affordable housing. Deforestation has led to scarcity of timber and straw for traditional roof construction. Families spend meagre cash resources on imported and expensive sawn timber and sheet metal to put a roof over their heads, further worsening the vicious circle of poverty in which they are trapped.

 

Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN), disseminates the Nubian Vault (NV) technical concept through its 'Earth Roofs in the Sahel' Program, and offers a valid, affordable, and appropriate technical solution to this problem, based on three integrated concepts:

  A Roof + A Skill + A Market

The Nubian Vault (NV)  construction technique uses local skills and labor and renewable materials (earth, rocks, water...) for sustainable low cost homes and other buildings. They are environmentally friendly and  cheaper, more comfortable and longer lasting than the widespread, but expensive and sub-standard cement block, metal roofed buildings.
 

AVN organises the training and support of local teams to promote this solution for as many people as possible, as soon as possible, by generating a large-scale market in Nubian Vault construction. As a result, families can acquire comfortable, sustainable, and decent housing, at the same time improving their economic conditions, their quality of life, and their environment.

AVN is recognized both locally and internationally as one of the most competent, innovative and experienced organizations dealing with housing, entrepreneurship and environmental challenges, through both its technical capabilities and its economic model:
- UNFCCC / COP 20 Momentum for Change Prize, Urban Poor (2014),
- UN-Habitat/Dubai International Award for Best Practice to improve the Living Environment (2013);
- Schwab Foundation/Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Africa WEF - 2012),
- World Bank/Development Marketplace competition, Climate Change Adaptation (2009);,
- Tech Awards for Economic Development (2007),
- Ashoka Changemakers/Affordable Housing (2006) ...

 
 

 

October 2013, AVN Newsletter

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News from AVN

  • October 9th, the day your donations become more valuable
  • Programme opening in Benin and Ghana
October 9th, the day your donations become more valuable

Why not add to the impact of your donation by supporting AVN program through the online fundraising platform, Global Giving? Today, Wednesday October 9th, it's “Bonus Day”! Starting from 6 am, every donation to AVN will be increased 30% by Global Giving. This means that for each euro you donate, Global Giving will add 30 cents. Also, there will be two prizes of 1,000€ awarded: one for the largest donation and the other for the highest number of donors.


AVN program needs your support:

AVN program is growing more rapidly than ever. Although this is definitely good news, this also leads to some risk in choosing where we invest and increase our spending. Thus, AVN needs your support today in order to enable our local teams in Burkina, Mali and Senegal to continue their missions:  kick-starting the Nubian Vault market, training more and more masons, and providing decent, sustainable and comfortable houses to as many people as possible.

This season, AVN is willing to expand further afield, opening its program in Benin and Ghana. Conditions are favourable, teams are ready and partners are interested: all we need in order to allow Ghanaian and Beninese populations to benefit from Nubian Vault houses arefunds for starting these new adventures.

There is more: the partnership between AVN and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) has already increased the impact of each donation. Thus, for each euro we raise, FFEM adds 30 cents to the funds given to AVN for its global program in Africa. 


SO, THIS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9TH, DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD TO THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATIONS BY CLICKING HERE: 10€ BECOMES 16€.

REMEMBER, ALL DONATIONS FROM US AND UK ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Programme opening in Benin and Ghana

This season, AVN is willing to open its program in Benin and Ghana. 

During the 2012-13 season, two feasibility missions in pilot regions: Attaccora-Donga (north-west of Benin) and the Upper-East Region in Ghana, have confirmed the existence of appropriate economic, climatic and political conditions for a successful extension of the programme "Read more ..."

These two regions also share a geographical proximity to Burkina, which is a good asset for logistic reasons (transportation, monitoring, etc.). Moreover, the opening of Ghana has been a long-term goal achievement for AVN: settling the program in an English-speaking country for the first time is not only an opportunity to increase our international visibility, but also a chance to test our model in a zone mainly influenced by Anglo-Saxon cooperation, focused on supporting small entrepreneurship as the main way to fight underdevelopment. 

Project documents:

For each country, we are setting up a 4-year project, with the following objectives: 
  • 130 Nubian Vaults built in 23 locations, 
  • 66 local jobs (masons, employees, key-persons), 
  • 260 tons of CO2 saved, 
  • 520 trees spared, and 
  • more than 1,000 beneficiaries.
 
These are ambitious goals, but we know they are achievable thanks to our experience and our strong motivation. Most importantly, these benefits will neitherot be limited in time, nnor dependanting on the programme extension: the triggering of local NV construction markets will allow these impacts to persist and increase even in the following years, when AVN will move to new regions.
 
Thank you for your support !


 
What is La Voûte Nubienne ?

The Nubian Vault (NV) is an African technique for the construction of timberless, adobe, vaulted roofs. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is the only viable alternative to the use of expensive imported construction materials (corrugated iron roofing sheets, sawn timber, concrete...).
 
Association La Voute Nubienne (AVN) promotes a self-sustaining market in NV construction, by facilitating the recruitment, on-site training, and support of village masons. AVN's local teams pump-prime the growth of indigenous markets in Nubian Vault construction, providing employment opportunities, decent housing, and the growth of local economies  >> Read more ...
 
 

 

April 2013, AVN Mid-season results.

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News from AVN

  • Mid-season report
  • Thomas Granier in Dubai
  • Meet AVN in Washington and NYC
Mid-season report

March is the middle of the building season. It is also the time to report the news of the latest constructions and the progress of the program.

Since september 2012 (begining of the season): 
 
  • 4 new regions have been openened and thus 4 new teams created
  • 5 new dissemination agents have been trained and 10 new local managers have been hired.
  • 2 congresses have been held for masons and AVN agents
  • 151 new Nubian vaults have been built, benefiting 928 people.
  • 219 people have been trained through the new training program called "academy" that gives theoretical and practical training to masons, dissemination agents, key persons and managers.


The autonomy of the market reaches 34%, this figure indicates the percentage of the NV houses built without the help of AVN. (direct contact between the masons and the clients)

These results are very encouraging and along the forecasts but still have to be moderated as the construction activity is very seasonal and mostly concentrated between January and June. We are particularly proud of the creation of the 4 new teams that will spread the nubian vault technique in Burkina Faso and Mali, and Senegal. "Read more ..."
 
Thomas Granier in Dubai

After a first trip in Dubai to receive the Dubai awards to improve the living conditions, we have had great contacts with several foundations that could be willing to support AVN's program. 

Thomas Granier, AVN's founder, will be back in Dubai from the 13th to the 16th of April in order to deepen the contacts and present AVN to new foundations.
 
If you have some contacts in Dubai or in Qatar that would be interesting to meet, don't hesitate to contact us!
 
 
Meet AVN in Washington and NYC

AVN's popularity begins to spread internationally. Indeed, AVN has been invited twice in Washington DC in the next weeks : 

- Antoine will be in Washington DC betw. Apr. 24th and may 2nd to attend the InterAction Forum, the largest network of US NGOs. The goal is to create partnerships and share ideas, to foster social innovation and change, especially for Housing Issues in Africa.
 
- Baptiste will be in DC from the 16th to the 22nd of May to present AVN to the Jobs Knowledge Platform, as AVN has been nominated as first runner up in the category "experience from the field". 
 
We are eager to meet as many people as possible in DC, so if you know  people that would be interested in AVN's program. don't hesitate to let us know!
Thank you for your support !

 
Work in progress on a literacy center in Senegal
 
What is La Voûte Nubienne ?

The Nubian Vault (NV) is an African technique for the construction of timberless, adobe, vaulted roofs. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is the only viable alternative to the use of expensive imported construction materials (corrugated iron roofing sheets, sawn timber, concrete...).
 
Association La Voute Nubienne (AVN) promotes a self-sustaining market in NV construction, by facilitating the recruitment, on-site training, and support of village masons. AVN's local teams pump-prime the growth of indigenous markets in Nubian Vault construction, providing employment opportunities, decent housing, and the growth of local economies  >> Read more ...
 
 

 

Test - April 2013 - English contacts for Dubai

 

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News from AVN
  • Mid-season report
  • Thomas Granier in Dubai
  • 2 events in Washington

Mid-season report 
 
March is the middle of the building season. It is also the time to report the news of the latest constructions and the progress of the program:
Since september 2012 (begining of the season): 
  • 4 new regions have been openened and thus 4 new teams created
  • 5 new dissemination agents have been trained and 10 new local managers have been hired.
  • 2 congresses have been held for masons and AVN agents
  • 151 new Nubian vaults have been built, benefiting 928 people.
  • 219 people have been trained through the new training program called "academy" that gives theoretical and practical training to masons, dissemination agents, key persons and managers.
The autonomy of the market reaches 34%, this figure indicates the percentage of the NV houses built without the help of AVN. (direct contact between the masons and the clients)
 
These results are very encouraging and along the forecasts but still have to be moderated as the construction activity is very seasonal and mostly concentrated between January and June. We are particularly proud of the creation of the 4 new teams that will spread the nubian vault technique in Burkina Faso and Mali, and Senegal.
 
 

 


AVN in Dubai from the 11th and the 16th April
 
After a first trip in Dubai to receive the Dubai awards to improve the living conditions, we have had great contacts with several foundations that could be willing to support AVN's program. 
 
Thomas Granier, AVN's founder, will be back in Dubai these next days in order to deepen the contacts and present AVN to new foundations.
 
If you have some contacts in Dubai or in Qatar that would be interesting to meet, don't hesitate to contact us!
contact@lavoutenubienne.org

Meet AVN in Washington and NYC
 
AVN's popularity begins to spread internationally. Indeed, AVN has been invited twice in Washington DC in the next weeks : 
- Antoine will be in Washington DC betw. Apr. 24th and may 2nd to attend the InterAction Forum, the largest network of US NGOs. The goal is to create partnerships and share ideas, to foster social innovation and change, especially for Housing Issues in Africa.
 
- Baptiste will be in DC from the 16th to the 22nd of May to present AVN to the Jobs Knowledge Platform, as AVN has been nominated as first runner up in the category "experience from the field". 
 
We are eager to meet as many people as possible in DC, so if you know  people that would be interested in AVN's program. don't hesitate to let us know!

Thank you for your support ! 


Work in progress on a literacy center in Senegal

 

Newsletter AVN ENGLISH - January 2013


Latest News from AVN


Our best wishes for 2013

The Voûte Nubienne teams in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, and France send you their best wishes for  2013.
 
We are delighted to announce also the completion of work on the different language versions of our new website (the English version has been available for several months), as well as this new format for our Newsletter.
 
The scaling up of our program in the Sahel over the last few months, and the opening of new action zones in the three countries where we work, has taken priority over the preparation of Newsletters. But we now hope to get back to our normal rhythm of a Newsletter every three months or so...
 

Our new internet site

The new multi-language internet site is now operational. You will find there all the latest news, photos, videos, and reports. 
 
Go to the English version >> www.lavoutenubienne.org/en
Comments, suggestions, feedback >>  info@lavoutenubienne.org

Read about the results of the 2011/12 Season

How many new NV building sites? How many rural families now live in or use NV buildings? How many new regions affected? How many NV masons trained? What are the environmental impacts?
 
Find the answers in the latest report from our evaluator in the field, Bruno Jarno, who lives in Burkina Faso, and has just married (our best wishes to Bruno and Ebou for their future happiness !)  >> Read more ...

AVN wins UN-Habitat /  Dubaï International Award

AVN has won a Dubai International Award for Best Practice to Improve the Living Environment. The Award, co-sponsored by UN-Habitat, specifically recognises our program in Burkina Faso for 'best practice transfer'.  >> Read more ...

New AVN Program in  Sénégal takes off

Our program in Senegal has a new impetus with the recruitment of a coordinator, Fanny Dupuis, a sociologist and urbanist, who has been monitoring AVN's work in the country in 2012. Our new program, in collaboration with the local NGO Le Partenariat, centres on the region of Podor, and was launched last autumn with a seminar and training workshops >> Read more ...

Support from the FFEM for the next four years

Since September 2012, the FFEM (French Global Environment Facility) has agreed to support AVN's program to the extent of 30% of our overall budget for the next four years >> Read more ...

What is La Voûte Nubienne ?

The Nubian Vault (NV) is an African technique for the construction of timberless, adobe, vaulted roofs. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is the only viable alternative to the use of expensive imported construction materials (corrugated iron roofing sheets, sawn timber, concrete...).
 
Association La Voute Nubienne (AVN) promotes a self-sustaining market in NV construction, by facilitating the recruitment, on-site training, and support of village masons. AVN's local teams pump-prime the growth of indigenous markets in Nubian Vault construction, providing employment opportunities, decent housing, and the growth of local economies  >> Read more ...
 
 

 

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