LAUNCH: INEE Paper on Humanitarian-Development Coherence in Education

Humanitarian-Development Coherence
Education Policy

We are excited to announce the launch of a new background paper: Humanitarian-Development Coherence in Education: Working together in crisis contexts!

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, no country or education system is immune from crisis; therefore, building resilience is the key not only to avoiding losses but to sustaining and progressing toward our shared goals in the education sector. Collective action is needed across the humanitarian-development spectrum to build inclusive and adaptable education systems that are prepared for and have the capacity to respond to crises, so that every child and young person has a chance to go to school, stay in school, and complete a full cycle of primary and secondary education.

The purpose of this paper is to demystify the concept of humanitarian-development coherence. Using the New Ways of Working definition - working over multiple years toward collective outcomes based on the comparative advantage of a diverse range of actors - this paper recapitulates the critical concept of humanitarian-development coherence, provides an overview of barriers to coherence in the education sector, and identifies illustrative examples of coherent action. 

The paper proposes a set of actions and recommendations to strengthen humanitarian-development coherence in the education sector, with guidelines for education stakeholders to take collective action and advocate for improved coherence within their own agencies and across the education sector’s full spectrum of policy and programming. It is aimed at a broad range of humanitarian, development, government, and civil society actors who are working to ensure that all individuals have the right to a quality, safe, relevant and equitable education.

The paper is available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

We encourage you to read and share Humanitarian-Development Coherence in Education: Working together in crisis contexts widely!

This paper was conceptualized by the Humanitarian Development Task Force, a collaboration between the INEE Education Policy Working Group and the INEE Advocacy Working Group. For more information, please contact