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

How we work

To achieve the goal of enabling quality, safe, and relevant education for all in emergencies and crisis contexts, INEE works through inter-agency and consensus approaches. The challenges for achieving this goal are varied and complex; they require creativity, collaboration, and taking advantage of our collective strengths. INEE supports its members through core functions of: community-building, convening, knowledge management, amplifying and advocating, facilitating and learning, and providing.

Strategic Plan

As a community of practice, INEE aims to advance the rapidly evolving field of education in emergencies, and it uses a strategic plan to guide network priorities and actions. The INEE Strategic Plan 2015-2017, which was developed through a consultative yearlong process, represents the collective plan for achieving the network’s goal, with a focus on four strategic priorities: 

  • Strategic Priority 1: To serve as a global advocate and thought leader, promoting education for all and in all circumstances. 
  • Strategic Priority 2: To foster the strengthening of the evidence base through partnerships that inform research, policy, and practice across humanitarian and development contexts. 
  • Strategic Priority 3: To increase the availability and accessibility of knowledge and information which builds upon and improves capacities to deliver education for all. 
  • Strategic Priority 4: To foster an engaged, inclusive and diverse membership, and build strategic partnerships to achieve all other strategic priorities. 

The INEE Strategic Plan 2015-2017 is available in English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Network Spaces

As a network, INEE’s structure is wholly different from that of a typical organisation. --INEE: A Community of Practice, a Catalyst for Change (ODI/UNESCO IIEP/INEE, 2011)
INEE’s structure is composed of various 'network spaces' that facilitate collaboration and participation at global, regional, and local levels among members and stakeholders. INEE network spaces are designed to foster horizontal communication and action within the membership and broader EiE community. Members can participate as individuals or via institutional representation. External stakeholders are engaged through targeted and strategic activities and events.

INEE’s network spaces vary in their structures, participation, focus, and degree of formality:

  • Working Groups are formalized structures which help develop and promote specific work within INEE. Participation in Working Groups is on an institutional basis with individual representatives for each agency.
  • Task Teams allow individual members to work collectively on specific areas of interest, advocating for key thematic issues and collaboratively developing tools and resources to help practitioners provide inclusive, quality and safe education for all affected by crisis. Task Teams are semi-formal structures and participation is open to any INEE member. Each Task Team is convened by one or more individuals who commit to facilitating and coordinating it.
  • Language Communities are groups of INEE members who work in languages other than English. The Language Communities seek to expand and share access to resources, tools, and experience in the non-English working languages of INEE, namely Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • A Steering Group provides strategic vision and overall governance for the network. In consultation with the wider membership and in line with the INEE Strategic Plan, the INEE Steering Group sets goals and plans for the network; approves new working groups and task teams; and provides strategic guidance to the INEE Secretariat staff. Steering Group members are senior representatives of organizations actively engaged in education in emergencies. 
  • A dedicated Secretariat ensures effective coordination; convenes and supports the members; builds linkages and connections; strengthens commitment, collaboration, and partnerships within the network; filters and shares information; enhances knowledge and capacity within and beyond the membership; and provides overall project management for network activities.


INEE’s membership – and the initiatives and spaces that facilitate member engagement – is the core of the network. INEE is open to all individuals and organizations who implement, support, study, advocate and are interested in EiE. INEE draws on the contributions of its members – in terms of ideas, information, time, energy, resources and expertise – to develop and undertake collaborative action towards achieving the network’s vision. 

Over the years, INEE’s membership has grown from a couple dozen to more than 13,000 members in 170 countries. INEE cultivates a dynamic network through a vast pool of members who represent diverse institutional affiliations, geographical regions, and personal/professional profiles. INEE members are practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, governments and universities.

Funding and Administration

As an inter-agency network, INEE is not an incorporated organization; it does not have a legal identity. This status allows INEE to maintain neutrality and maximum flexibility for adapting to a changing field of work and to stakeholder priorities. INEE’s administrative and fiscal functions and oversight are provided by hosting organizations.  

INEE receives financial support from a range of sources including bilateral and multilateral donors, UN agencies, and private foundations. Support to INEE is provided directly in the form of financial contributions as well as via in-kind contributions from the membership. Financial contributions (for Secretariat staff salaries, travel, network events, programmes and projects, etc.) leverage extensive in-kind contributions. Since its inception, INEE has received funding from more than 45 different donors from around the world. 

INEE's finances are managed by its hosting organizations: the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nongovernmental organization with 501c (3) tax-exempt status in the United States, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a nongovernmental organization based in Norway. All funds are subject to the fiscal accountability and auditing procedures of IRC and NRC.


INEE maintains a core staff team that represents the network, leads and supports network activities, and coordinates network processes, systems and projects. INEE Secretariat staff are contracted and hosted by INEE Steering Group member agencies, an arrangement that not only helps to ensure promotion and institutionalization of education in emergencies within those agencies, but is also cost-efficient.

Secretariat staff are based in New York, Geneva, Oslo, and various other locations around the world. The INEE Secretariat is led by a Director who reports to the Steering Group. The Director is supported by an Administrative Officer who manages the network’s finances and hosting partnerships. Member services, knowledge management, and communications are managed by a Communications Coordinator. Each of the INEE Working Groups is facilitated by a Coordinator. Part-time Language Community Facilitators provide translation services for the network and member support and outreach in their languages. Interns and consultants serve as additional human resources for the programs and initiatives of the network. See a full list of INEE Secretariat staff on the Who we are page.

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