INEE partners with leading organizations in the field of education in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. We work in collaboration with these organizations to undertake joint strategic planning and to promote knowledge sharing, advocacy and training for the advancement of education in humanitarian crises. Below are a few organizations and projects INEE has institutional partnerships with.
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (The Alliance) envisions a world in which children are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence in humanitarian settings. Its mission is to support the efforts of humanitarian actors to achieve high-quality and effective child protection interventions in both refugee and non-refugee humanitarian contexts.
As a global network of operational agencies, academic institutions, policymakers, donors and practitioners, the Alliance facilitates inter-agency technical collaboration on child protection in all humanitarian contexts. It sets standards and produces technical guidance for use by the various stakeholders. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) currently co-leads the Alliance with Plan International.
In June 2019, The Alliance and INEE signed a letter of understanding (LoU) to strengthen the integration of education and child protection programming. The partnership aims to strengthen the integration of education and child protection within programs funded by the Education Cannot Wait Fund (ECW) and advocate for more funding mechanisms integrated programs. All agreed to cooperate on three areas: (a) provision of technical input, (b) development of technical material, and (c) advocacy.
For more information on The Alliance, visit https://alliancecpha.org/en
Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
The Education Cannot Wait Fund was created as an education crisis fund designed to transform the global education sector, including both humanitarian and development responses. Launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, the fund aims to deliver a more collaborative, agile, and rapid response to education in emergencies in order to fulfill the right to education for children and young people affected by crises. The Education Cannot Wait Fund will scale up resource mobilization over the first five years, commencing with an aim to raise approximately $150 million in the first year and with an ambition to bring funding to a level of $1.5 billion in the fifth year. This involves an overall 5-year fundraising ambition of $3.85 billion.
In June 2019, INEE signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) with ECW to promote mutual interest through cooperation in the field of Education in Emergencies (EiE). The partnership aims to strengthen the collaboration between ECW and INEE in alignment with INEE’s 2018-2023 Strategic Framework and ECW’s Strategic Plan. The Parties agree to cooperate on three areas: (a) provision of technical assistance and technical support, (b) information sharing and communications, and (c) advocacy.
For more information and to follow the progress of the fund, visit www.educationcannotwait.org.
Initiative for Strengthening Education in Emergencies Coordination (ISEEC)
The Initiative for Strengthening Education in Emergencies Coordination (ISEEC) is a partnership launched by the Global Education Cluster (GEC), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) to promote coherent, joined up education sector coordination that improves education outcomes for crisis-affected children and youth through existing organizational platforms.
Read the new report Education in Emergencies Coordination: Harnessing humanitarian and development architecture for Education 2030 to learn more.
With complex and protracted crises affecting more lives than ever in recent history, identifying and promoting ways to help children maintain education is an urgent priority. Strong coordination is integral for an effective, efficient and agile response to growing education needs of children and youth in humanitarian contexts.
Recognizing this, the INEE, GEC, and UNHCR joined together in 2017 through the Education Cannot Wait funded Global Partners Project to strengthen joined up education coordination during emergencies by developing global public goods. Working with the Overseas Development Institute, this project built a comprehensive evidence base for improved education in emergencies coordination by mapping what does and does not work in joint education planning and response across a wide-range of emergencies and protracted crises.
Through this project, the Overseas Development Institute was commissioned to develop an evidence base and recommendations to strengthen joint coordination, planning and response, which was used to inform the development of ISEEC. Additionally, the project provided structured opportunities for dialogue, exchange and collaboration between the three partners, resulting in a joint pledge made by the GEC, UNHCR and INEE at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum, committing to continue working together to strengthen coordination for education for refugees and all crisis-affected children and youth. While the project concluded in 2020, the GEC, UNHCR and INEE will continue to work together to advance our joint pledge through ISEEC.
What will ISEEC do?
Under ISEEC, the partners will work together to mainstream collaborative approaches at global level and promote joined-up education in emergencies coordination at national and sub-national levels. This will be done through joint technical support to country coordinators and teams in mixed and complex settings, and by disseminating and mainstreaming education in emergencies coordination content and key messages in training, workshops and advocacy opportunities. Joint workplans will be developed as needed and will conduct an annual review of progress towards our Global Refugee Forum pledge on joined-up coordination.
Humanitarian Standards Partnership
The Humanitarian Standards Partnership is a collaboration between the world’s leading standards setting initiatives which aims to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian action through the increased application of humanitarian standards.
The Partnership is designed to enhance the linkage between standards, eliminating the duplications, advocating collaboratively, and improving the accountability to the people affected by the emergencies.
What role does INEE play in the HSP?
The use of the INEE Minimum Standards as part of the HSP will help to ensure crucial linkages are made at the outset of an emergency - through multi-sectoral needs assessments, followed by joint planning, and a holistic response. Used together, INEE and other agencies under the HSP will improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by crisis and enhance the accountability of disaster preparedness and response. For an effective education response, close collaboration between education and other sectors is essential - such as water supply and sanitation, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlements, health action, education, child protection, livestock management, economic recovery, and market analysis.
Current initiatives in the HSP include:
- The Sphere Handbook | Sphere Project
- Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) | Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
- Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards | LEGS
- Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) | SEEP Network
- Minimum Standards for Education | INEE
- Minimum Standard for Market Analysis (MISMA) | Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)
- Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities | HelpAge International, Age and Disability Capacity Program (ADCAP)
For more information on HSP and the partners, visit http://humanitarianstandardspartnership.org/
IASC Global Education Cluster
While not initially included as part of the humanitarian reform agenda's cluster approach, education clusters or sector groups were formed in cluster roll-out countries. This led to a greater understanding and acknowledgment of the value of including education in the cluster approach, as a means to address capacity gaps and bring actors together at country level in order to ensure a more predictable, timely and effective education response, with inter-sectoral links to other relevant clusters/sectors.
Recognizing the importance of consistent, reliable and accountable educational programming in emergencies, the InterAgency Standing Committee (IASC) endorsed the creation of an education cluster. Education has a strong foundation to build on, through the work of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) on technical tools, information-sharing, capacity-building, and the normative, Sphere-compatible INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recover.
UNICEF and Save the Children co-lead the IASC Global Education Cluster, working in close collaboration with other leading agencies and INEE. UNICEF and Save the Children provide joint oversight and ensure joint organizational accountability through the IASC Education Cluster Steering Group. Collaborative Working Groups of representatives from many agencies take forward various elements of the IASC Education Cluster’s workplan.