Better Building in Africa


Since 2007, the deployment of the programme in Mali has enabled the completion of more than 3,000 NV projects for the benefit of more than 25,000 people. 405 apprentices, masons, craftsmen and VN entrepreneurs are active in the market and 5 local employees and many partners involved in the dissemination of the programme.

Country information

  • Population in 2023: 22,6 million (54% rural)
  • GDP per capita: $833 (World Bank 2022)
  • Climate: Sudano-Sahelian

Key data

  • 2006-2008: Construction of the first community buildings in partnership with local and international NGOs
  • 2009: 1st AVN local team and opening of Ségou region
  • 2013 et 2014: Regional duplication in Koutiala and Dioïla
  • 2015: Regional duplication in San-Tominian
  • 2016: Regional duplication in Banamba
  • 2017: partnership with a national entity (AEDD / PGRNCC Project)
  • 2017-2018: implementation of the IU-IT strategy

Territorial Rollout

Buildings constructed

To date, there is more than 3,000 VN projects carried out in Mali for an area of approximately
84,800 m2, for the benefit of more than 25,000 people. The average annual growth is 19% over the past 10 seasons.

The vast majority of the buildings are for housing for rural populations. The NV corresponds to the needs of the beneficiaries in terms of vocational training offer, an adapted constructive solution and cost (significantly reduced by the involvement of beneficiaries and mutual aid within the communities).


In 2022-23:
  • 405 worksites completed representing a built area of 10,453 m2
  • 99% of buildings used for housing
  • 3 community buildings (100% 3 for production/livestock)
  • 43 localities with at least 1 NV building
  • 94% of sites found independently by NV masons
  • More than 2,300 new user-beneficiaries

    Update August 2023

Supply Training

In 2022-23, 325 apprentices, masons, artisans and entrepreneurs including 2 Trainer Masons are active in the NV market in Mali.


In 2022-23:
  • 325 active apprentices, masons, artisans and entrepreneurs
  • 25 apprentices who began their training this season
  • 97 new qualifications

Training activities: 17 modules

  • 14 on site Training
  • 3 Academic modules

Update August 2023

Local partners

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

Operational partner (OP)

Implementation Territory - Operational Partner (IT-OP) - projects in progress or awaiting funding:
  • COnvergence des FEmmes Rurales pour la Souveraineté Alimentaire (COFERSA)
  • Coordination des Associations Féminines (CAFO)
  • Union des Sociétés Coopératives des Producteurs de Céréales de Diédougou (USCPCD)
  • Union des Sociétés Coopératives des Producteurs Céréaliers du Cercle de Barouéli (Yèrènyèton)
  • Union Nièta
  • Union Coopérative des Producteurs de Cotons et de Céréales (UCPCC)
  • Société Coopérative Simplifiée des Producteurs et Transformateurs des Produits Agricoles (SCSPTPA)

Relay partner (RP)

  • SOS-Faim
  • Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités (GERES)
  • Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH)

Technical partner (TP)

  • CFP Tominian

Notable projects and activities

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

Current projects

Projects completed

Project "Support for the construction of pilots (hen house and conservation store) in the Nubian Vaults"
Funded by Helvetas
Season 2022/2023

Project "Nubian vaults for the adaptation of Malian families to the effects of climate change"
Funded by NGO Life
Season 2021/2022

Project "Construction of 10 shallot storage warehouses"
Funded by Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders (AVSF)
Sept. 2021 > June 2022

Project "Support for the eco-construction sector in the emerging Nubian Vault in the municipality of Yélékébougou"
Funded by Africabougou (ABG)

Project "Development of the NV market in the municipality of Guégneka"
Funded by ENABEL
Season 2021/2022

Project "Monitoring, control and construction of bioclimatic buildings of 4 Electrified Activity Zones (ZAE) in the regions of Ségou and Sikasso"
Funded by GERES
Season 2021/2022

"Training and support for the development of the NV market on the outskirts of 2 ZAE" project
Funded by GERES

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

Pilot project for the production of NV houses in urban and rural areas
Financed by the Office Malien de l’Habitat (OMH)

Project of Construction of VN buildings and training of masons in the circles of Kolokani, Banamba and Nara
Funded by Advice and Support for Basic Education (CAEB) and SOS Faim
Sept. 2019> August 2020

A NV course within Vocational Training Centers

Two VTCs, sensitized to the interest of the VN, took a first step in the 2016-17 season by building witness buildings (photo) within the walls of their establishments: 3 apprentices from the VTC of Nioro and 10 apprentices from the Tominian VTC were trained in the NV concept and a partnership intention was proposed to Tominian.
These first expressions of interest should lead to the co-creation of a complete course and the implementation of the first pilot actions from 2018.

The Electrified Activity Zone (ZAE) of Konséguéla

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