Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

INEE Education Policy Working Group

formerly known as the Education and Fragility Working Group

In early 2008, the INEE Education Policy Working Group was established as an inter-agency mechanism to coordinate diverse initiatives and catalyze collaborative action on issues relating to education policy in fragile contexts. In 2016, the Working Group changed its name from the Education and Fragility Working Group to the Education Policy Working Group to reflect the breadth of  the focus. Click the links below to learn more about this Working Group.

EPWG 2014-2017

The 2014-2017 Education Policy Working Group is currently focusing on four thematic areas related to education in fragile and crisis-affected contexts; Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Conflict-Sensitive Education (CSE), Preventing Violent Extremism, and, broadly, education for populations affected by forced displacement.

  • The Education Policy Working Group, in collaboration with the Standards and Practice Working Group, is currently developing a background paper on  Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Social -Emotional Learning (SEL) in crisis and fragile settings to clarify relevant terminologies and develop practical guidance for practitioners working on PSS and SEL programmes in crisis-affected contexts.
  • The Working Group is building evidence on Conflict Sensitive Education (CSE)in collaboration with members of the Standards and Practice Working Group. The aim is to gather evidence on the use of the INEE CSE Pack to support knowledge and information sharing on CSE approaches. The Working Group aims to promote the use of INEE products on CSE (i.e. INEE CSE Pack, INEE CSE Training Materials), and to help build an evidence base on best practices in the application of conflict sensitive approaches in education.
  • The Education Policy Working Group activities related to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) aim to facilitate learning and strengthen evidence on the role of education and youth empowerment in preventing violent extremism.
  • The Working Group focus on education for populations affected by forced displacement includes providing inputs for DFID Topic Guide, “The Right to Education for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons”, which will be made publicly available by DFID in Fall 2016. Also, the Working Group hosted a webinar on ICT4EiE on the use of technology for the provision education in emergencies and protracted crisis and is planning a Round Table on Refugee & IDP Education hosted by BMZ in Germany in November 2016.

Past Working Groups

The 2011-2014 Working Group on Education and Fragility undertook activities that contributed towards the achievement of the INEE goal for 2011-2013 – the provision of quality, safe and relevant education for all is strengthened in crisis and crisis-prone contexts through prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The goal of the Working Group was to contribute to crisis-sensitive education in fragile and conflict-affected contexts through inter-agency collaboration at global, regional, and country levels. During the Working Group's fourth binannual meeting in April 2013 in Paris, France, it was decided that the Working Group will extend its mandate by one year, until September 2014.

Among its many achievements, the Working Group has produced country reports, frameworks, guidelines and tools, which currently inform donors, policymakers, practioners, educators, researchers, and other stakeholders in their work related to education and fragility. These key resources are also piloted and utilized by Working Group Members within their organizations' activities on education and fragility

Click the links below to view more activities and outputs of the 2011-2014 Working Group on Educaiton and Fragility:

Education and Fragility main page


The 2008-2011 Working Group on Education and Fragility undertook activities in the following areas of work: 1.) Strengthen the evidence base on education and fragility; 2.) engage with national and regional stakeholders through a series of Consultative Workshops; 3.) Determine effective modalities to support the financing of education in fragile context; and 4.) Raise issues in education and fragility and advocate for policy change.