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INEE Global Consultations are dynamic forums designed to bring together INEE members and partners to discuss and examine issues in the field of education in emergencies. Participants have the opportunity to interact with and learn from colleagues through a series of networking events and workshop sessions which focus on sharing good practices and discussion of common challenges. By promoting information-sharing and collaboration, the sessions seek to bridge the gaps between preparedness, relief and development and meet the Education for All goals.
The first Global Consultation (known then as the Inter-Agency Consultation) convened in Geneva, Switzerland in 2000. It was here that INEE was established to facilitate collaboration and advocacy focused on expanding access to quality education for all people affected by crisis and conflict. The second Global Consultation followed on four years later in 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa, with attendees gathering to discuss lessons learned by the INEE Network and its members since its founding. The third Global Consultation was held in 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 250 guests were in attendance, including practitioners, researchers and policymakers from international NGOs, UN agencies, multilateral institutions, government agencies, Ministries of Education, teachers unions, academic institutions and youth groups. Click to read more about the 2009 Global Consultation.
In 2014, INEE undertook a year-long Global Consultation process to develop a network-wide vision and strategic plan for education in emergencies for 2015 and beyond. The process included an academic analysis of INEE’s strategic future, an online survey of all members, more than 70 consultative events around the world, a global synthesis event of key actors, and a strategic workshop.