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Private Engagement in Education in Emergencies: Rights and Regulations
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
New York | 2021 | 24 p.
Corporate author: 
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
© INEE 2021

Efforts to secure inclusive and equitable education for all have prompted calls for greater engagement by the private sector, asserting that businesses and foundations can play significant roles as partners in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4).


In recent years, given shortfalls in public financing and the need for urgent responses, private actors have increasingly become involved in various aspects of educational programming for education in emergencies (EiE). This arrangement, however, can produce tensions between private engagement and humanitarian response in education, which need to be addressed and in turn require extra coordination, advocacy and attention. This brief explores some of these tensions and makes recommendations to support the prioritization of safe, equitable, and quality public education for all children and young people affected by crises.


INEE supports every young person’s right to education and recognizes the State as the primary duty-bearer of schooling, in alignment with international declarations, frameworks, and legal instruments that assert and protect the right to education.


Resource Type: 
Advocacy materials
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Human rights / Human dignity
Social justice / Equity
Inclusive / Diversity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education
Non-formal education


Quality education; Equality; Right to education; SDG4; EiE