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The USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) is a community of practice composed of USAID education staff, implementing partners and others working to increase equitable access to, and improve the quality of, education in crisis and conflict affected environments.

USAID ECCN was initiated to promote knowledge generation and sharing among practitioners, policy makers and researchers related to Goal 3 of the USAID Education Strategy: improved equitable access to education in crisis and conflict affected environments. This five-year initiative is meant to complement the excellent contributions of other networks, such as INEE, by providing resources to a smaller, more USAID-related community while also gathering and distributing key information to larger audiences.

ECCN’s work plan for 2017 can be accessed here.

Who is a member of USAID ECCN?

Any educator, practitioner or researcher working on a USAID education initiative in a crisis or conflict-affected environment (also defined as a USAID Education Goal 3 country) is a member of ECCN. Current USAID Education Goal 3 countries include Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, D.R., Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, and the West Bank and Gaza. USAID ECCN especially seeks to foster field-based dialogue and knowledge generation.

Register for a free account, which enables you to get regular updates on ECCN’s work and find ways to become more engaged in ECCN activities.

How is USAID ECCN Structured?

USAID ECCN is guided by an Advisory Group composed of recognized leaders in the field of education in crisis and conflict and a Steering Group composed of representatives for the USAID ECCN membership. The following people make up the Advisory and Steering Groups:

Steering Group

Koli Banik, USAID
Chris Capacci-Carneal, USAID
Andrew Epstein, Social Impact
Rebecca Herrington, Search for Common Ground
Susan Hirsch-Ayari, Creative Associates International
Marc Lynd, School to School International
Frank Manfredi, Plan International USA
Rachel McKinney, Save the Children
Nina Papadopoulos, USAID
Sarah Jones, USAID
Heather Risley, USAID
Susan Ross, Education Development Center, Inc.
Karen Scriven, Mercy Corps
Lincoln Ajoku, Concern Worldwide
Mary Mendenhall, Columbia Teachers College
Elisabeth Wilson, FHI 360
Jim Rogan and Cornelia Janke, USAID ECCN Support Team

Advisory Group

Justin W. van Fleet
Director of the Education Commission and Chief of Staff for the UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Fernando Reimers
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Margaret Sinclair
Education Above All

Susan Nicolai
Overseas Development Institute

Dean Brooks
Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies

USAID ECCN leadership is governed by a Terms of Reference and will develop work plans that reflect both the broad goal of improving equitable access to education in USAID Goal 3 countries and the more specific objectives that USAID ECCN members believe will help accomplish this goal. In addition USAID ECCN will establish a range of working groups and tasks teams that are composed of, open to and led by USAID ECCN members.

How is USAID ECCN Supported?

ECCN is a voluntary network.

ECCN is supported by a 9-person Support Team, composed of a Project Director, Conflict Specialist, Senior Researcher, Research Manager, M&E Specialist, Protocols and Metrics Specialist, Training Specialist, Communications Specialist, and Project Assistant. This team is managed by Education Development Center through a contract with USAID’s E3/ED office. Through this contract, limited funding is available to support USAID ECCN communications, convening and materials development and activity sharing.

ECCN welcomes the participation of individuals with experience designing, implementing, managing, or researching programming in USAID Goal 3 countries. Please register for a free account or email USAIDECCN@edc.org if you are interested in getting more involved.