Association La Voûte Nubienne (AVN) was awarded a DM grant in 2009 to test an innovative strategy for scaling up and accelerating the recruitment and training of Nubian Vault (NV) apprentices and the growth of a self-sustaining market in NV houses in Burkina Faso. The Nubian Vault is an ancient Egyptian technique of building vaulted roofs made from local bricks without using any wood, instead of typical tin roofs that are more expensive and use scarce wood during construction. AVN is transforming traditional housing available in the harsh climate of the Sahel region by providing a sustainable housing alternative and helping to avoid further deforestation.
AVN has won one of the Dubai International Award for Best Practice (DIABP) to Improve the Living Environment. The Award, co-sponsored by UN-Habitat, specifically recognised the program in Burkina Faso for 'best practice transfer'.
The DIABP was established under the directives of late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the United Nations International Conference in Dubai in November, 1995 with 914 participants from 95 countries, to recognize the best practices with positive impact on improving the living environment.
Best Practices are outstanding contributions to improving the living environment. They are defined by the United Nations and the international community at large as successful initiatives which:
-have a demonstrable and tangible impact on improving people's quality of life;
-are the result of effective partnerships between the public, private and civic sectors of society;
-are socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable.
The Dubai International Award consists of 11 Awards (6 for Best Practices, 2 for Best Practice Transfers, 2 for the private sector and 1 for individuals who contribute positively to improving the living environment). In the 9th Cycle of the Award (2012), the Jury selected 10 Best Practices and 2 Best Practice Transfer winners from a shortlist of 46 programmes previously selected by a Technical Advisory Committee.
AVN won one of the two Best Practice Transfer awards for its work in Burkina Faso as part of its overall program on Affordable Housing for Sub-Sahara Africa.
Thomas Granier will travel to Dubai this Spring (date still to be announced) to receive the Award on behalf of AVN, which will also provide an opportunity to make new potential contacts for the support of our program in the Sahel.
AVN is actively seeking potential contacts and investors in Dubai and the Gulf States. If you are interested in their work, please contact them by clicking here or visit their website for more details on this innovative and ambitious program.