Better Building in Africa



The deployment of the programme in Ghana started in 2014.
To date, 79 NV projects have been carried out for the benefit of more than 780 people, 28 NV apprentices, masons and artisans are active on the market and 2 local employees are involved in the dissemination of the programme.

Country information

  • Population in 2018: 29,7 million (43,9% rural)
  • GDP per capita: $2202 (World Bank 2018)
  • Climate: Sudano-Sahelian

Key data

  • 2012 et 2013: Exploratoy missions and recruitment of a national coordinator (VSI)
  • 2014: 1st AVN local team and opening of Bolgatanga region
  • 2015 et 2016: 1st private and institutional projects and local partnerships, 1st local masons and apprentices trained
  • 2017: Regional duplication in Garu
  • 2017-2018: implementation of the IU-IT strategy

Territorial Rollout

  • 1 Zonal Office in Garu
  • 2 Implementation Units (IU)
  • 1 indirect action zone (Bolgatanga)

Buildings constructed

To date, there is more than 79 NV projects carried out in Ghana for an area of approximately
2,700 m2, for the benefit of more than 700 people. The average annual growth is 13% since the beginning of the programme in 2014.

The refocusing of activities towards the Garu region in 2017 illustrates AVN’s desire to develop the Ghanaian NV market towards rural populations, the core target of the program.


In 2019-20:
  • 11 worksites completed representing a built area of 282 m2
  • 100% of buildings used for housing in rural areas
  • 3 new localities with at least 1 NV building
  • 86% of sites found independently by NV masons (without AVN’s intervention)
  • 61 new user-beneficiaries

Update August 2020

Training of a workforce

In 2019-20, 28 apprentices, masons and artisans including 3 Masons Trainers / Potential Masons Trainers are active in the NV market in Ghana.


In 2019-20:
  • 28 active apprentices, masons, artisans and entrepreneurs (-33%)
  • 13 apprentices who began their training this season
  • 16 new qualifications (10 apprentices, 4 masons and 2 artisans)

Training activities: 9 modules

  • 8 on-site training: 7 Grouped Building sites Training – Access to Housing (GBT-AH) and 1 Reinforcement on Building site – First Clients (RB-FC)
  • 6 Technical Module on Specific Stage (TMSS)

Update August 2020

Local partners

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

Operational partners (OP)

Potential Implementation Territory - Operational Partner (IT-OP):
  • El Hassan Charitable Relief Foundation
  • Mihoso international

Relay partners (RP)

no partner listed

Technical partners (TP)

no partner listed

Institutional partners

no partner listed

Notable projects and activities

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

Current projects

no project listed

Projects completed before 2019

  • Partnership with the Youth Harvest Foundation

The Youth Harvest Foundation (YHF) has been working for 3 seasons with AVN Ghana to provide affordable housing for farmers and teachers, improving both the storage and storage of agricultural produce and the education of children.

The use of local materials for construction is an opportunity for disadvantaged rural populations to be able to build and live in sustainable but affordable housing. As an organization, we were interested in the VN concept because it has a strong potential for job creation for young people.

At the start of each construction, residents often express doubts about the viability of such a building. When it is finished, on the other hand, everyone is impressed with the results.
Through collaboration with AVN, we want to provide a significant solution to the housing deficit in these sectors, by setting up an ambitious project that would include construction / training / awareness.

(Interview with John Krugu, Managing Director YHF)

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