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


Education Cannot Wait - Global Partners Project

The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is partnering with the Global Education Cluster (GEC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as part of a strategic partnership supported by Education Cannot Wait (ECW). The aim is to undertake a comprehensive review of education in emergencies joint coordination, planning, and response structures. The partnership will document existing practices, challenges, and gaps in coordination at the country and global level.


With complex and protracted crises affecting more lives than ever in recent history, identifying and promoting ways to help children maintain education is an urgent priority. There are today 263 million children and youth who are out of school. More than 75 million children and young people aged 3-18 are currently in urgent need of educational support in 35 crisis-affected countries.  

Enhanced planning, coordination, and response among entities providing education in emergencies (EiE) interventions is critical to meet the needs of crisis affected populations in a timely and effective manner. The sector requires improved understanding of how responses can be better coordinated. A range of recent initiatives have begun to address these issues, but challenges and gaps remain in terms of planning, coordination, long-term sustainability and quality of education programming.

Recognizing the need for strengthened joint planning, response and coordination for education in crisis-affected contexts, ECW has brought together three key entities working on EiE - INEE, GEC, UNHCR - all of whom have important and different mandates and roles in the field of education and humanitarian response.

Darfurian refugees in Djabal camp, Eastern Chad.



The Project

INEE, GEC, and UNHCR are working with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to develop a series of in-depth country case study reports from Ethiopia, Chad, Somalia, and Bangladesh, as well as desk-based studies of Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Together with a global mapping of coordination structures, the case studies will aim to identify lessons across a range of emergency contexts and their policy implications at the global level.

The research will look more closely at the ‘who’, the ‘how’, and the ‘why’ of coordination of education in emergencies and protracted crises, resulting in recommendations for action that can be taken by diverse stakeholders across different contexts, including by Education Cannot Wait and key partners.

The expected results of the programme are:

  • EiE practitioners globally and at the country level have an enhanced knowledge of and capacity for improved education coordination, joint planning and response.
  • EiE partners' operational collaboration at global and country levels is strengthened to support effective and harmonized coordination, joint planning, and response in EiE programming.

This project focuses on the development of global goods such as:

  • A field-driven, evidence base of joint planning, coordination and response in different contexts;
  • Recommendations for improved mechanisms for joint planning, coordination and response to influence and incentivize strengthened collaboration;  
  • Countries are supported to improve collaboration among humanitarian and development actors in delivering more aligned, coherent and sustainable education responses;
  • Lessons learned and recommendations are disseminated globally.

The case studies are expected to be published during the course of 2019.


For more information about the partners of this project, please visit their web pages:




For questions related to the Global Partners Project at INEE please contact Laura Davison: [email protected]