Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks
HNPW 2024 (29 April - 10 May 2024)

Session title: A path towards ecological international aid – inspirations from experiences in Burkina Faso, Lebanon and France
18 Apr 23 14:00-15:30

The session will open with the screening of the film produced by Groupe URD and Lark Rise Pictures “A path towards ecological international aid”. This video presents the environmental and climate challenges facing the humanitarian sector as well as inspiring experiences and practices to address them, from Lebanon, Burkina Faso and France.

Representatives of the organisations featured in the video will be present to share their experiences and to discuss other ecological initiatives and the challenges that the sector faces in this area.


Facilitated by Aline Hubert, Researcher, evaluator, and trainer – ‘Environment’ expert at Groupe URD

With the participation of:

  • Marjolaine Bert, Founder-Director of EKO! - Low-tech & Réfugiés
  • Thomas Granier, Co-founder and CEO of "Association la Voûte Nubienne (the Nubian vault)"
  • Charles Kelly, Disaster Management consultant
  • Cyril Pierrot, project coordinator at Fleet forum

About Groupe URD 

Founded in 1993, Groupe URD is an independent think tank that specialises in analysing practices and developing policies for the humanitarian sector. Our multi-disciplinary expertise, based on continual field visits to crisis and post-crisis contexts, provides us with insight into the functioning of the sector as a whole. We believe in sharing knowledge and collective learning, and we help aid actors to improve the quality of their programmes.

About EKO! - Low-tech & Réfugiés

The Low-tech & Refugees project improves the resilience and autonomy of exiled people while contributing to local sustainable development, through the dissemination of low-tech know-how and systems and through socio-professional integration into ecological professions.

About the Nubian Vault

The Nubian Vault Association (AVN) was established in 2000 by a French mason, Thomas Granier, and a Burkinabe farmer, Séri Youlou.

AVN’s mission is to help reverse housing problems for the many in Africa, promoting the development of an adapted housing market, via the diffusion of the NV technical concept. AVN’s programme is implemented in 5 countries in Sahelian Africa: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Benin and Ghana.

About Charles John Kelly

Mr. Kelly has over 40 years of field experience in disasters, having dealt with compound disasters, droughts, food insecurity, earthquakes, insect infestation, hurricanes, epidemics, floods, war and other emergencies, predominantly in developing countries. Recent work has forced on development of tools to assess environmental impacts of humanitarian assistance, most recently focusing on life cycle analysis of shelter and non-food assistance.  Mr. Kelly provides support on environmental issues to the Global Shelter Cluster and via the WWF Environment and Disaster Management Help Desk.  

About Fleet Forum

The world’s only not-for-profit organisation dedicated to cleaner, safer and more effective humanitarian transport in developing nations. Through professional fleet management, we help our members to deliver life saving and life changing aid to communities in need.

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