Housing conditions and the construction sector in Sahelian Africa do not sufficiently allow the well-being and adaptation of populations, and are not part of sustainable economic and climatic dynamics.
Following the exhaustion of wood resources (timber) traditional architectures quickly disappear and “modern” proposals (sheet metal or concrete roofs/cement block walls) are inappropriate (discomfort and poor thermal and acoustic performance, poor durability and poor resistance, poor environmental and architectural responses, etc.).
AVN‘s mission is to rapidly enable as many people as possible to gain access to decent, affordable adapted housing and green jobs, while encouraging the construction sector in the Sahel to adopt inclusive and low-carbon architectural solutions, based on local skills and materials, thus encouraging virtuous circles of local economic growth. The lack of decent housing solutions plunges millions of Sahelian families into vicious circles of discomfort, precarity, and poverty. To confront this issue, AVN implements an innovative approach based on the emergence and growth of a market for an eco-building technique, the Nubian Vault. This market dynamic, the main vector of the spread of this alternative, is associated with awareness-raising and promotional activities, professional training, and partnerships, leading to the mobilisation of stakeholders, a favourable business environment, and complementary financial facilities and resources.
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