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

Advocacy Working Group

The AWG works to promote the right to quality education for all learners affected by crisis and conflict, and in so doing seeks to underscore the bridge between humanitarian and development work in its focus on promoting the INEE Minimum Standards and other tools as prerequisites for achieving SDG4 on education.

The AWG seeks to play a role in both providing technical guidance as to what advocacy can and should entail, and in organizing and connecting advocacy efforts.

The AWG seeks to be the potential sum of many member organisations, but with a unique ‘neutral’ voice, a long history of serious engagements, and as a natural convenor in advocacy. 

INEE Advocacy Working Group, 2018-2020


Priorities and Objectives

The AWG seeks to amplify the voices of the INEE network members, collectively and individually, in order for them to achieve change in and around the debate on education in emergencies – this happens through mobilizing and building the capacity of the INEE membership.

The AWG seeks to assist INEE, both the network, the various network spaces, and the Secretariat itself, to be a thought leader and a convenor on education in emergencies - leading directly, as INEE and as the AWG, on advocacy campaigns and messaging.



  • The AWG campaigns for the continued use and promotion of the INEE Minimum Standards as the key global tool for education in emergencies, in preparation, response and recovery, in doing so the AWG seeks to demonstrate how the Sustainable Development Goals, esp SDG4 on education, cannot be achieved without the use of the tools and standards of the education in emergencies sector.
  • The AWG works on promoting the understanding of how education and protection are deeply connected and must be thought of as one objective.
  • The AWG seeks to design and promote an education in emergency advocacy toolkit to build the capacity of INEE members, governments, UN, civil society, and other actors
  • The AWG works closely with other key actors in the education in emergency field, such as the Global Education Cluster, the Education Cannot Wait fund, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, and others, to promote the global understanding of education in emergencies



  • Care US
  • Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)
  • Global Campaign for Education (GCE)
  • Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA)
  • Global Education Cluster
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Plan International UK
  • Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC)
  • Right to Education Initiative (RTE)
  • Save the Children International
  • Xavier Project


Key Resources




The AWG was formed in 2012 to work alongside the other INEE working groups in advocating for education in emergencies and promoting the work of both INEE and its members. An early focus was on advocating for better, more predictable, and more long-term funding for education in emergencies and one outcome of this was INEE’s role in setting up the Education Cannot Wait fund. The AWG is now into its third mandate (2018-2020), where the major focus, alongside funding, is on promoting global education in emergency standards and good practices, such as the INEE Minimum Standards and the Conflict Sensitive Education Pack, as well as linking these tools to the achievement of the SDGs.

For more information about this Working Group, contact [email protected].