3rd Priority: Enhanced resilience of education systems through crisis-sensitive planning



Our 10th Medium-Term Strategy has five pillars that influence all areas of the Institute’s work and serve as guiding principles in implementing our mission. The five thematic areas are social inequalities, learning outcomes, education system resilience, governance and accountability, and education financing. Discover all of them in our strategy!


IIEP’s work on crisis-sensitive educational planning is closely aligned with the emphasis in the Education 2030 agenda on ensuring education delivery for children affected by crisis due to natural disasters and pandemics,
or to conflict.

IIEP will continue to support governments in developing policies and sector plans that strengthen education’s role in preventing, preparing for, and mitigating crises. The Institute is committed to scaling up this work at global and country levels, while ensuring it is sensitive to gender dimensions.

It will also address emerging global challenges, notably  forced  displacement, which affects not only host countries, but also countries of origin, whose education  systems  are  left  without  the  human  resources  needed  to rebuild. In supporting countries as they plan for displaced populations, IIEP will promote innovative solutions, such as applying school mapping techniques to the challenges of population influxes.

Alongside key partners, IIEP has developed comprehensive expertise, policy guidance, and tools for crisis-sensitive educational planning and management. In response to pressing needs, the Institute will bring education ministries  and  humanitarian  and  development  partners together to explore new ways to plan for education in crisis-affected contexts. These include aligning humanitarian and education sector plans, and coordinating educational planning and policy development for displaced  populations. This effort will involve global training,  country-level  capacity  development, knowledge production, and policy advocacy. In this way, the Institute will support ministries’ leadership at the  humanitarian–development nexus.

Key interventions

  • Assist education ministries in developing, monitoring, and evaluating crisis-sensitive policies and plans.
  • Work with international partners to develop strategies and guidance on preventing and mitigating conflict and crises through education.
  • Train global education staff on crisis-sensitive planning, including education for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
  • Provide new forms of training and technical support on planning for refugees and IDPs to ministries, humanitarian cluster members, the education sector and/or local education groups.
  • Conduct research on the management of teachers of refugees to develop evidence-based policy guidance.