Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) was created in 2000 to serve as a global, open network of NGO non-governmental organizations (IRC, SCF Alliance, CARE,…), United Nations agencies (United NationsICEF, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization , UNHCR), donors, practitioners, researchers and individuals. INEE’s members work together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure the right to education in emergency and post-crisis reconstruction areas.
The INEE was not defined as a distinct agency with bureaucratic functions, but rather as an open network based on the principles of collaboration and information sharing, in order to avoid needless duplication, while at the same time promoting diversity of approaches and gender sensitivity. It does not have the mandate to implement projects, or to co-ordinate agencies during crises, but will enable network members to do their work more effectively by sharing information and encouraging collaboration. INEE will support existing agencies and initiatives through the provision and sharing of information, learning materials, guidelines, and training opportunities. As a network, INEE is a flexible and responsive mechanism for sharing resources and experiences. The Network develops several initiatives, among which one of them is the Task Teams, which focuses on gender issues of education in emergency situations.
This INEE initiative focuses on a few key points:
- Identify and compile a list of all relevant material for addressing gender issues and creating access to education for girls in emergency settings. This list will be circulated to all INEE members and will also be made available on the website.
- Review and revise the INEE Good Practice Guide on Gender Equality.
- Work closely with the Working Group on Minimum Standards in Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction (WGMSEE) to ensure that gender is highlighted as a critical cross-cutting issue throughout the Minimum Standards promotion, implementation and evaluation activities. As the WGMSEE defines more clearly how these processes will unfold, then the Gender Task Team will be able to map out an appropriate strategy. This may involve:
- Reviewing/developing training materials which highlight gender issues
- Developing a complementary guide to promote gender–aware operationalization
- Collecting relevant resource materials to support gender-aware operationalization
- Working with evaluation team to ensure that gender issues in implementation, and the extent to which the MSEE can promote gender equality, can be assessed.