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

What we do

INEE Functions

INEE serves its members through community building, convening diverse stakeholders, knowledge management, advocating and amplifying ideas and knowledge, facilitating collective action, and providing members with the resources and support they need to carry out their work on education in emergencies. INEE is shaped by these functions; all of its work can be classified by one or more of these functions.

Community Building

INEE functions to promote and sustain the values of the individuals and groups within the INEE membership and to build ties between members to promote an inclusive mutually supportive EiE community by encouraging substantive and diverse participation, collaboration, and communication.

  • More than 13,000 members in over 170 countries
  • INEE Meet-Ups across the globe
  • Policy Roundtables
  • Inter-agency workshops


The network functions as a bridge between individuals and groups that may not normally interact, bringing together stakeholders across various domains to foster dialogue, influence positive change in policy and practice, advance research to build the evidence, and support the establishment of partnerships to address common challenges and work towards shared solutions.

  • Thematic Task Teams (e.g., gender, inclusive education, early childhood development)
  • Working Groups (Standards & Practice, Education Policy, Advocacy)
  • Language Communities (Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • INEE-Sphere Companionship Agreement

Knowledge Management

The network functions to acquire, filter, organize, synthesize, and disseminate information and knowledge that is relevant to the members and serves to strengthen individual and institutional capacities. 

  • INEE Toolkit
  • Online communications (e.g., listserv bulletins, social media, website)
  • Good practice tool and resource development
  • INEE Minimum Standards development, promotion, and application support

Amplifying and Advocating

The network functions to elevate the voices of the membership and help take new, little-known, or little-understood ideas and make them public, give them weight, and make them understandable.

  • Support for global advocacy and funding initiatives (e.g. Education Cannot Wait)
  • Lobbying for the establishment of the IASC Education Cluster
  • Negotiations on the 2010 UN General Assembly Resolution on the Right to Education in Emergency Situations
  • Shaping for the recognition of attacks on schools as a violation against children through the UNSC Resolutions 1612 and 1882

Facilitating and Learning

The network functions to enable collective action by the membership and to help members carry out their activities more efficiently and effectively.

  • Training and capacity development (e.g. INEE Minimum Standards training of trainers)
  • Workshops and webinars
  • INEE-Education Cluster EiE Training Package
  • Panels, presentations, and global consultation events


The network offers services to meet member demands and supports the mobilization and rationalization of resources that help members to carry out their activities. The network exists to support members’ work and respond to their demands.

  • Guidance on the use of the INEE Minimum Standards and other network resources
  • Provision of hard copies of INEE tools
  • Support for INEE-related projects, such as INEE Minimum Standards Contextualization

Standards and Tools

In order to achieve a minimum level of educational access and quality in emergencies, as well as to ensure the accountability of the workers who provide these services, INEE facilitated a highly consultative process to develop the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery.

The INEE Minimum Standards are designed for use in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery and in humanitarian advocacy. They are applicable in a wide range of situations, including natural disasters and armed conflicts. The standards give guidance on how to prepare for and respond to acute emergencies in ways that reduce risk, improve future preparedness and lay a foundation for quality education. They provide flexibility in responding to needs at the most important level – the community – while providing a harmonized framework to coordinate the educational activities of national governments, other authorities, funding agencies, and national and international agencies. The INEE Minimum Standards are companion standards to the Sphere Project Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

In addition to the INEE Minimum Standards, INEE has developed myriad other tools and guidance documents, including the following:

All of these tools and many more can be found in the INEE Toolkit.

Annual Reports

To read more about the work of INEE, click the dates below to download INEE's annual reports from the past few years. For hardcopies of any of these reports (max 10), please send your name, address, and phone number to [email protected]

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