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

Education Policy Working Group

The Education Policy Working Group (EPWG) exists to support the achievement of INEE’s overall goal: To enable quality, safe, and relevant education for all in emergencies and crisis contexts through prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The EPWG contributes to the achievement of this goal through an enhanced focus on INEE Strategic Priority 3: To provide, curate, and organize knowledge to inform policy and practice.

Education Policy Working Group, 2018-2020


The 2018-2020 EPWG is comprised of 27 member organizations, including policy makers, donors, and practitioners. All of the EPWG’s activities are aligned with the group’s core purpose: to create evidence and knowledge regarding the provision of education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts in order to inform policies, planning, and practices of field practitioners, education ministries, donors, and implementing agencies.

View the complete INEE Education Policy Working Group Charter (2018-2020) here.


Priorities and Objectives

Under its 2018-2020 mandate, the work of the EPWG is focused on the following policy areas: 

  1. Alternative Education 
  2. Quality and Equitable Learning Outcomes 
  3. Safe and Resilient Education Systems 

The policy areas were identified by Working Group members as those which represent a policy gap in EiE and those where INEE, and the EPWG specifically, can add the most value. The decisions to focus on these policy areas were informed by the INEE 2018-2020 strategic framework and by a set of recommendations from the 2014-2017 EPWG. 

Under the 2018-2020 mandate, EPWG members also work with members from the Advocacy and Standards and Practice Working Groups on Collaborative work streams, which include the Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC), Psychosocial Support and Social and Emotional Learning (PSS-SEL), and Data and Evidence. 


Education Policy Working Group Members, 2018-2020

  • Agence Française de Développement / French Development Agency (AFD) 
  • Education Development Center (EDC)
  • European Commission
  • FHI 360
  • Finn Church Aid
  • GIZ
  • Global Education Cluster
  • Global Education Monitoring Report
  • Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Jusoor
  • Plan International Canada
  • Porticus
  • RET International
  • Save the Children
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • World Bank
  • World Vision International

INEE Secretariat Staff

  • Margi Bhatt, Coordinator, Education Policy

Meeting Minutes and Reports


Key Resources


Over the last ten years, there have been three iterations of the INEE Working Groups on Policy and Fragility. Every iteration has supported building evidence, fostering dialogue, and influencing policies on multiple and diverse areas and topics relating to the provision of education for children and youth in fragile and crisis-affected contexts:

  • In 2014-2017, the Education & Fragility Working Group changed its name to Education Policy, and continued to build on EFWG’s achievements by facilitating learning and capacity-building on conflict-sensitive education approaches. It also chartered new ground in building evidence on psychosocial support and social-emotional learning, promoting knowledge-sharing on policies governing education for forcibly displaced persons, and enabling dialogue and evidence-building on the role of education in preventing violent extremism and urban violence.
  • In 2011, the EFWG was renewed for a second term with a focus on facilitating learning and dialogue on education’s role in state- and peace-building, as well as promoting conflict-sensitive approaches to education in fragile contexts.
  • In 2008, the Working Group on Education and Fragility (EFWG) was established as an inter-agency mechanism to engage with national and regional stakeholders to strengthen the evidence base on Education and Fragility, to determine effective modalities of financing education in fragile contexts, and to advocate for policy change.

Click these links to read more in detail about the areas of work and concrete outcomes of the previous working groups: EPWG 2014-2017; EFWG 2011-2014; EFWG 2008-2011.


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