Education in Emergencies Financing in the Wake of COVID-19: Time to Reinvest to Meet Growing Needs

Conflict, violence, disasters and the worsening climate crisis threaten children’s education more than ever, especially children and young people caught in crisis. While the international community is committed to ensuring the right to education for all children, we are currently far from achieving this goal. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the education crisis through prolonged school closures, and through financial knock-on effects that have yet to be fully assessed.

We all know that the provision of education is a life-saving and indispensable service for children and young people who find themselves in extremely precarious situations. Why? Because education offers them protection, hope and, above all, perspective for the future. Unfortunately, we also know that education in emergencies (EiE) remains under-prioritised and under-funded in humanitarian action and international development.

That is why the Geneva Global Hub for EiE, which includes governments, international organisations, UN agencies, NGOs, academia and foundations, commissioned this study to assess the current state of global EiE funding.