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Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

About INEE

The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open, global network of UN agencies, NGOs, donors, governments, universities, schools, and affected populations working together to ensure all persons the right to quality education in emergencies and post-crisis recovery.

INEE’s work is founded on the fundamental right to education and is bolstered by a number of international legal conventions.

Guided by a multi-year strategic plan, governed by a set of by-laws, and supported by a Secretariat, INEE engages a multi-stakeholder strategy of education in emergencies (EiE) that spans traditional boundaries of development and humanitarian action.

INEE strives to be an open, flexible network with minimal formal structure, shared leadership, open non-competitive membership, and strong inter-agency collaborative relationships. INEE plays a facilitative as opposed to an operational role. INEE complements other more formal inter-agency mechanisms by employing the ‘soft power’ of convening and facilitating, not directing and competing, to draw agencies together, sustain commitment, and strengthen collaboration.

INEE envisions a world where:


  • All people affected by crisis and instability have access to quality, relevant, and safe education opportunities;

  • Education services are integrated into all emergency interventions as an essential life-saving and life-sustaining component of humanitarian response;

  • Governments and donors provide sustainable funding and develop holistic policies to ensure education preparedness, crisis prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery;

  • All education programmes preparing for and responding to emergencies, chronic crises, and recovery are consistent with the INEE Minimum Standards and accountable for quality and results.


Guiding Principles and Values

  • Education is a basic human right of all people, including those affected by crisis and instability.
  • Education protects during crises and lays a sustainable foundation for recovery, peace and development.
  • Education should be included in all humanitarian responses.
  • Education policy and services must be actively sustained and coordinated across the humanitarian – development continuum before, during, and in recovery from crises.
  • Education, like other humanitarian and development endeavors, must adhere to clear standards of quality and be accountable for results.
  • Crises which destabilize education can be approached not only as urgent situations of immediate need but also as opportunities for positive change.
  • Collaborative action
  • Respect for diversity
  • Enabling marginalised voices to be heard
  • Acknowledgement of power differences, and commitment to equality 


INEE was conceptualized in 2000, during the Strategy Session on Education in Emergencies held at the 2000 World Education Forum in Dakar. As a result, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UNHCR, committed to advancing Strategy Five of the Dakar Framework, convened the first Global Consultation on Education in Emergencies (Geneva, November 8 – 10, 2000) with representatives from WFP, UNDP, the World Bank, bilateral donors, and more than 20 non-governmental organizations engaged in education in emergencies programming. INEE was launched during that consultation in order to build upon and consolidate existing networks and efforts.

For more information about the INEE network, please read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).