INEE Reference Groups

Reference Group on Girls’ Education in Emergencies

The INEE Reference Group on Girls’ Education in Emergencies serves to elevate women’s and girls’ education in emergencies and improve linkages between humanitarian assistance and development cooperation around the provision of quality, safe, and gender-responsive education, and advocate for accountability and transparency in commitments to women’s and girls’ EiE.

In the 2018 Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls, and Women in Developing Countries, the Leaders of the G7 committed to:

  • Close the gap in access to education during conflict and crisis, and for refugees and the internally displaced, both inside and outside camps: We will work to reduce the time that conflict and crisis situations keep children and youth, especially girls, out of school. We will promote, with a view to improve, education opportunities and learning outcomes for refugees, internally displaced and local girls and women, including in host and source communities. 
  • Improve coordination between humanitarian assistance and development cooperation: We will partner with key humanitarian and development organizations and host governments to promote greater coordination among these organizations. We will ensure commitment to gender equality and prioritize improved access to quality education for girls and women in the early stages of humanitarian response and peacebuilding efforts, while supporting schools as safe spaces for children.

In support of Charlevoix Commitment four, the INEE Reference Group on Girls' Education in Emergencies serves as a platform for strategic exchange on the Charlevoix Declaration. The Reference Group shares 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.” The Reference Group’s work is focused around 2 main objectives:

  • Advocating for accountability and transparency in the commitments made to women’s and girls’ EiE outlined in the Charlevoix Declaration
  • Amplifying the evidence base on the Charlevoix Declaration commitments and for girls’ education in crisis settings

This initiative brings together key stakeholders in gender and education in emergencies, elevates best practices, and provides accessible resources for INEE members in order to ensure quality, safe, and equitable EiE programming for women and girls.

Commitments to the Charlevoix Declaration

The following commitments have been made to to the Charlevoix Declaration and women’s and girls’ education in humanitarian and development contexts. The Reference Group will encourage regular reporting on these commitments as a key contribution to monitoring the commitments outlined in the Charlevoix Declaration.

Canada is investing CAD $400 million over three years, in addition to the $180 million provided in January 2018 to the Global Partnership for Education for 2018-2020. [June 2018]

Denmark pledged USD $185 million over 3 years to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), USD $30 million USD to the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund, and USD $17 million USD to UNICEF for girls education programming. [September 2018]

The European Union is investing €72 million over three years to support girls’ education from the humanitarian aid budget. [June 2018]

Germany pledged €62.5 million in 2018 and €70.3 million in 2019. 

Japan is investing USD $200 million in girl’s and women’s quality education, including in emergencies or in conflict-affected or fragile states. [June 2018]

The Netherlands pledged €100 million to the Global Partnership for Education and €15 million to the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund. [September 2018]

Norway pledged USD $40 million to education for 2018-2019.  [September 2018]

Qatar committed to provide education to one million girls by 2021, in support of the Charlevoix Declaration.  [September 2018]

The United Kingdom is investing £187 million, which builds on Prime Minister May’s announcement at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April when she pledged £212 million to get almost one million girls in developing countries across the Commonwealth learning. [June 2018]

The World Bank is investing USD $2 billion over five years. [June 2018]


The INEE Reference Group on Girls' Education in Emergencies is comprised of technical experts and practitioners with expertise in gender equity and education in emergencies including representatives from:

  • Global Affairs Canada (co-chair)
  • UN Girls’ Education Initiative (co-chair)
  • African Union-International Centre for Girl’s and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA)
  • Aga Khan Foundation of Canada
  • BMZ
  • Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)
  • CODE Canada
  • Education Above All Foundation
  • Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
  • Equal Measures 2030
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
  • Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
  • Plan International Canada
  • Right to Play
  • The World Bank
  • Together for Girls
  • U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
  • UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report
  • UNESCO Institute of Statistics
  • World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
  • World Vision Canada

Ongoing Initiatives

Educate Us! Women and Girls on Learning in Humanitarian Crises: This podcast series is a broad and intimate invitation for listeners to hear the stories behind the statistics, from the women and girls who live them. The series will feature a range of perspectives on women’s and girls’ education in crisis and conflict and will explore the outstanding work INEE members and partners are doing in support of women and girls.

Committing to Change: Girls’ EiE from Charlevoix to COVID-19 blog series: This blog series promotes accountability and transparency in commitments to and progress in women’s and girls’ EiE. The blog series is live and INEE invites members to share promising practices in women’s and girls’ EiE and describe how they have adapted their initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to if you are interested in submitting a blog for this series. 

Key Resources

Charlevoix Funding DashboardThis interactive dashboard aims to amplify the evidence base on commitments made to the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education. It shows the funding commitments and disbursements made by Charlevoix donors, as well as implementation of those funds including project focus areas, regions, and reach.

Mind the Gap: The State of Girls’ Education in Crisis and Conflict: A comprehensive annual report identifying trends in the provision and quality of women’s and girls’ EiE and gaps in current reporting and accountability mechanisms since the 2018 Charlevoix Declaration. 

Closing the Gap: Advancing Girls’ Education in Crisis and Conflict: This policy brief summarizes the findings of the Mind the Gap report and recommends actions for policy makers to address the gaps identified in the delivery, funding, and data relating to girls’ and women’s education in crisis contexts.


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