Our mission


Three offices:

Key facts

More information on IIEP and its work

  • IIEP's Medium Term Strategy
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  • IIEP in Action: an overview of activities in
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  • Overview of achievements and impact,
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  • IIEP External evaluation reports:
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    2003: Download

To strengthen the capacity of countries to plan and manage their education systems

A centre for training and research - specialized in educational planning and management

The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) was created by UNESCO in 1963 in Paris, France. It is supported by grants from UNESCO and by voluntary contributions from Member States and others. IIEP is an integral part of UNESCO, yet it enjoys a large amount of autonomy.

Meeting the needs of countries in the development of their education systems:

Training planners and managers in skills to analyze and plan, manage and implement, monitor and evaluate.
Supporting institutions and improving administrative routines, organization, leadership skills.
Fostering an enabling environment through policy forums, international co-operation and networking.

More than 5000 experts and education officers have been trained by IIEP

IIEP does not provide fellowships, grants or other direct support to individuals.

Training is IIEP's primary activity. To fit different needs, a variety of possibilities are provided: full-year courses, shorter intensive training, distance education.

Research results provide methodological and technical support to policy-makers.
Research includes case studies on policy issues and on technical and methodological aspects, allowing identification of priorities, best practices and innovations.

Technical Assistance tailored programmes to meet countries' specific needs
Special programmes have recently been launched to assist governments confronted with emergency situations.
Other essential elements of IIEP programmes are networking activities and communication of results and ideas.