Better Building in Africa

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

AVN’s historical country, the deployment of the programme in Burkina Faso started in 1998 around Boromo. To date, 2,630 NV projects have been carried out for the benefit of more than 24,700 people, 547 NV apprentices, masons, artisans and entrepreneurs are active on the market and 16 local employees and many partners are involved in the dissemination of the programme.

Country information

  • Population in 2020: 20,9 million (69,4% rural)
  • GDP per capita: $858 (World Bank 2020)
  • Climate: Sudano-Sahelian

Key data

  • 1998-2000: 1st technical tests to standardize the NV concept
  • 2000-2006: Start of the programme, awareness, training of masons, constructions
  • 2007: 1st AVN local team in Boromo
  • 2011-2013: Regional duplication in Koubri, Dédougou, Yako et Bama
  • 2013-2016: Pilot projects of NV housing microcredit with 2 MFIs
  • 2014-2016: 1st collaborative partnerships with farmers’ organization
  • 2015-2016: development and testing of training strengthening methodologies
  • 2017-2018: implementation of the IU-IT strategy

Territorial Rollout

  • 1 National Office in Boromo
  • 4 Implementation Territories (TI) and 21 Active Implementation Units (IU)
  • 11 specific projects
  • 4 indirect action zones

Buildings constructed

To date, there is more than 2,600 NV projects carried out in Burkina Faso for an area of approximately
89,000 m2, for the benefit of more than 24,700 people. The average annual growth is 14% over the past 10 seasons.

If the majority of the buildings constructed remain for housing in rural areas, the exemplary community and agricultural buildings built each season bear witness to the gradual adoption of the NV concept.


In 2020-21:
  • 382 worksites completed (-5%) representing a built area of 10,950 m2 (-8%)
  • 79 % of buildings used for housing
  • 80 community buildings including 57 for production/livestock
  • 60 localities with at least 1 NV building (752 since the beginning of the programme)
  • 25% of sites found independently by NV masons (without AVN’s intervention)
  • 60% of buildings involved a partner organization
  • 3,200 new user-beneficiaries

    Update August 2021

Training of a workforce

In 2020-21, 547 apprentices, masons, artisans and entrepreneurs including 12 Masons Trainers are active in the NV market in Burkina Faso.


In 2020-21:
  • 547 active apprentices, masons, artisans and entrepreneurs (+18%)
  • 236 apprentices who began their training this season (+21%)
  • 306 new qualifications

Training activities: 213 modules

  • 145 on site training
  • 68 Academic modules

Update August 2021

Local partners

AVN’s IU-IT strategy involves strong mobilization of partners.

Operational partners (OP)

Implementation Territory - Operational Partner (IT-OP) - projects in progress or awaiting funding:
  • Fédération Nationale des Groupements Naam (FNGN)
  • Association Teed Yalgre (ATY)
  • Associations Provincial des Artisans et Groupements d’Artisans Non-Taaba du Boulgou (APAGAN-B)
  • Unions Régionales des productrices de Dolo de la Boucle du Mouhoum (URPD-BM-Binkadi)
  • APAK
  • Association Entraide Familiale (AEF)
  • Association pour la Promotion du Genre et de l’épanouissement de la Femme (APGEF)

Relay partners (RP)

  • SOS-Faim
  • WeltHungerHilfe
  • Mairie de Ouagadougou

Technical partners (TP)

  • Association pour la Promotion des Finances Inclusives au Burkina Faso (APFI-B)
  • Union des Baorés Tradition, Épargne et de Crédit (UBTEC)
  • Centre de formation de métiers des mines et carrière, bâtiments et travaux publics de Boromo (CEMCA/BTP)

Notable projects and activities

Here is a selection of remarkable projects and activities implemented in Burkina Faso in recent seasons:

Current projects

"Deployment of a green eco-construction sector for the development and resilience of the populations of the Center East Region of Burkina Faso"
Funded by the Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL)
Sept. 2020 > June 2023

Projects completed

"Strengthening the resilience of young people and women in the border areas of the Boucle du Mouhoun by their integration into the growing market of the Nubian Vault, creating jobs and contributing to endogenous economic development"
Funded by Expertise France
June 2020 > August 2021

Cross-border project "Emancipation of cross-border communities in the throes of destabilization"
Funded by the PATRIP Foundation through Welt Hunger Hilfe
Sept. 2019 > August 2021

"Establishment of an environment-friendly habitat construction sector in the North region of Burkina Faso"
Funded by the Walloon Air and Climate Agency (AWAC) through SOS Faim
January 2019 > August 2021

Unisféra / Ministry of Quebec cooperation project
Funded by the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MDDELC) through Unisféra,
Sept. 2017 > August 2020

Youth Jobs and Skills Development Project (PEJDC)
Funded by the International Association for Development (IDA/Groupe Banque Mondiale)
Sept. > Dec. 2019

Pilot humanitarian program for migrants in Africa
Funded by the Government of the Republic of Poland, through the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM)
Sept. > Dec. 2018

Construction of VN henhouses in the province of Bam
Funded by Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH-BF)
Jan. > April 2018

PISCCA: future NV artisans for the Passoré
Funded by the French Embassy
Jan. 2017> June 2018

FAO project: 4 agricultural buildings in the North and Sahel regions
Funded by the European Union
Sept. 2016 > August 2017

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