About INEE

The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open, global network of members working together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure that all individuals have the right to a quality, safe, relevant, and equitable education. 

INEE’s work is founded on the fundamental right to education.


To ensure the right to a quality, safe, and relevant education for all who live in emergency and crisis contexts through prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. 


Guiding Principles

The following statements represent INEE's guiding principles. Along with the INEE statement on anti-racism, they frame INEE’s work and actions. The INEE principles are aligned with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Humanitarian Principles, Sustainable Development Goal 4, Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, and the Global Compact on Refugees.

  • Adhere to global commitments  
  • Focus on holistic lifelong learning, including livelihoods
  • Support displaced populations
  • Promote preparedness, sustainability, coordination, and system strengthening
  • Support active community participation

Click to read the full text of the INEE Guiding Principles and the INEE Statement on Anti-Racism and Racial Equity

INEE Strategic Framework 2018-2023

Education in Nduta Refugee Camp
© Ingrid Prestetun, NRC

The INEE Strategic Framework 2018-2023 guides the network to play an ever more effective role in the delivery of quality, safe, and relevant education for all those affected by emergencies and protracted crises. The framework focuses on four strategic priorities:

  • Strategic Priority 1: Provide thought leadership and global advocacy

  • Strategic Priority 2: Strengthen capacity to deliver quality, safe, relevant, and equitable education for all

  • Strategic Priority 3: Provide, curate, and organize knowledge to inform policy and practice

  • Strategic Priority 4: Strengthen and diversify INEE membership

Click to find out more about the INEE Strategic Framework 2018-2023.



INEE serves its members through several key functions: community building, convening, knowledge management, amplifying and advocating, facilitating and learning, and providing. INEE is shaped by these functions; all of its work can be classified by one or more of these functions.

  • Community Building - INEE promotes and sustains its members' values. By encouraging substantive and diverse participation, collaboration, and communication, INEE builds ties among members to promote an inclusive, mutually supportive EiE community.

  • Convening - INEE brings stakeholders together to foster dialogue, advance research to build the evidence base, and support the establishment of partnerships to work toward shared solutions.

  • Knowledge Management - INEE gathers, filters, organizes, synthesizes, and disseminates relevant information to strengthen individual and institutional capacities.

  • Amplifying and Advocating - INEE enables the voices of its members to influence change in policy and practice, and promotes new, little-known, or poorly understood ideas.

  • Facilitating and Learning - INEE promotes collective action to help members develop their capacities and carry out their activities more efficiently and effectively.

  • Providing Tools and Resources - INEE mobilizes and disseminates resources, materials, and opportunities that support members' work and respond to their demands



INEE was conceptualized in 2000, during the Strategy Session on Education in Emergencies held at the 2000 World Education Forum in Dakar. As a result, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UNHCR, committed to advancing Strategy Five of the Dakar Framework, convened the first Global Consultation on Education in Emergencies (Geneva, November 8 – 10, 2000) with representatives from WFP, UNDP, the World Bank, bilateral donors, and more than 20 non-governmental organizations engaged in education in emergencies programming. INEE was launched during that consultation in order to build upon and consolidate existing networks and efforts.


Atmeh, Syria
© P. Biro, IRC

INEE envisions a world where:

  • All people affected by crisis and instability have access to quality, relevant, and safe education opportunities;

  • Education services are integrated into all emergency interventions as an essential life-saving and life-sustaining component of humanitarian response;

  • Governments and donors provide sustainable funding and develop holistic policies to ensure education preparedness, crisis prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery;

  • All education programmes preparing for and responding to emergencies, chronic crises, and recovery are consistent with the INEE Minimum Standards and accountable for quality and results.


Funding and Administration

As a global inter-agency network, INEE is governed by a set of by-laws, but is not an incorporated organization and 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 oversight and fiscal sponsorship are provided by our partners, the International Rescue Committee, a non-governmental organization with 501c(3) tax-exempt status in the United States, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a non-government organization based in Norway; these organizations also receive funds on INEE’s behalf. All funds are subject to the fiscal accountability and auditing procedures of our partners.

INEE is not a funding organization; it does not provide any form of financial disbursement, grants, contributions, scholarships, or travel funds to individuals or organizations.