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 and Values

  • Education is a basic human right of all people, including those affected by crisis and instability.
  • Education protects during crises and lays a sustainable foundation for recovery, peace and development.
  • Education should be included in all humanitarian responses.
  • Education policy and services must be actively sustained and coordinated across the humanitarian – development continuum before, during, and in recovery from crises.
  • Education, like other humanitarian and development endeavors, must adhere to clear standards of quality and be accountable for results.
  • Crises which destabilize education can be approached not only as urgent situations of immediate need but also as opportunities for positive change.
  • Collaborative action
  • Respect for diversity
  • Enabling marginalized voices to be heard
  • Acknowledgement of power differences, and commitment to equality

Read 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 - The INEE network promotes collective action to help members develop their capacities and carry out their activities more efficiently and effectively.

  • Providing Tools and Resources - The network 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.

INEE turned 20 years old in 2020, and we celebrated this milestone in a number of ways, including with a virtual global celebration event, a new EiE sector report, a collection of videos and stories from members, an INEE history quiz, an updated EiE timeline, and more. Learn more at inee.org/anniversary


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.