The Nubian Vault Association
AVN deploys an innovatory model of development based on the principle that it is better to “ ...teach a man how to fish rather than give him fish”, applied to the entire structure of the housing market and the construction sector. If it is better to teach people how to build a house rather than give them houses to promote the future construction of hundreds of NV buildings, it is even better to transfer to national and local actors the necessary skills for the creation of a dynamic and evolving endogenous market.
Accordingly, AVN’s actions operate at three levels of intervention, both geographically and institutionally:
- Direct actions of awareness raising and training in the field
- Transfer of aspects of the programme to legitimate operators and partners
- Advocacy in favour of structured change
At each of these three levels, AVN’s ambition is to move from a model of short-term assistance and dependency to one of long-term and sustainable development.