Based on principles of network theory, INEE Reference Groups have emerged as an important network space to enable INEE Working Groups to collaborate with technical experts, who may be outside of INEE, whose expertise in related sectors or thematic areas benefits the sector of education in emergencies. Through INEE Reference Groups, INEE leverages the technical and often cross-sectoral expertise of global experts to inform the global goods that INEE creates. Reference Groups are timebound, technical and advisory in nature and focused on completing specific tasks related to the chosen theme.
Reference Groups can be convened for a number of reasons, including but not limited to providing technical oversight and guidance on a particular theme or activity for INEE network spaces (Working Groups, Collaboratives, and/or Task Teams); advocating for tools, resources, or agendas; supporting with donor outreach and information sharing to ensure alignment; or a combination of the above. For example, a reference group was convened to support the Standards and Practice Working group to develop the Guidance Note on Teaching and Learning. The Reference Group vetted resources to be included in the Guidance Note and on the website and provided feedback on sections of the Guidance Note. The Reference Group was also consulted when questions arose on technical content for the Guide.
Participation in an INEE Reference Group is open to both INEE members and to non-members with technical expertise that is applicable to the stated outcomes of the Reference Group. All efforts should be made to include members who give the Reference Group diverse geographic and language representation.
Current Reference Groups
Girls Education in Emergencies Reference Group
The Girls’ Education in Emergencies Reference Group, made up of 23 practitioners, policy makers, and donors, serves as a platform for strategic exchange on the Charlevoix Declaration and women’s and girls’ education in humanitarian and development contexts. The Reference Group develops and disseminates information and resources which support accountability and transparency in commitments to women’s and girls’ EiE in order to “improve the collection, monitoring, analysis, publication and reporting of progress in girls’ and women’s education participation, completion and learning, training and youth employment.”
Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) Reference Group
The TiCC Reference Group complements the efforts of the TiCC Collaborative and leverages the energy and expertise of a wider range of specialists including those with longstanding engagement and commitment to TiCC priorities. This structure also ensures stronger coordination between key education actors working to advance common priorities in support of teachers in crisis contexts.
Members of the TiCC Collaborative and Reference Group include global partners in education in emergencies with strong teacher programming experience and activity in the field. Members share a passion and commitment to provide more and better support to teachers in crisis settings through a collaborative and interagency approach. Through the TiCC Reference Group, other experts and partners are encouraged to participate in TiCC as part of a review or resource group to share insight, expertise and guidance on specific issues