What Is ECCN?

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The USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) is a global community of practice comprised of USAID staff and implementing partners all working together to increase equitable access to education for children and youth in crisis and conflict-affected environments.

To meet this goal the network gathers, develops and disseminates knowledge, information, tools and resources on education in crisis and conflict at global, regional and country levels.

Who Can Join ECCN?

Any policy maker, practitioner or researcher currently working on, or interested in, education in crisis or conflict-affected contexts may join ECCN.

Register for a free account to receive the ECCN newsletter and become more involved!

How Is ECCN Structured and Supported?

ECCN is managed by the ECCN Support Team and is governed by an inter-organizational Steering Group and expert Advisory Board. The following people make up the current  Steering Group and Advisory Board:

Steering Group

Lincoln Ajoku, Concern Worldwide
Koli Banik
Chris Capacci-Carneal, USAID
Andrew Epstein, Social Impact
Paul Frisoli, FHI360
Croshelle Harris-Hussein, USAID
Susan Hirsch-Ayari, Creative Associates International
Sarah Jones, USAID
Shahriar Kibriya, Texas A&M University
Marc Lynd, School to School International
Frank Manfredi, Plan International USA
Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Service
Rachel McKinney, Save the Children
Nina Papadopoulos, USAID
Heather Risley, USAID
Jim Rogan and Cornelia Janke, ECCN Support Team
Brenda Bell, Education Development Center, Inc.
Karen Scriven, Mercy Corps
Ann Smiley, FHI360
Shezleen Vellani, Concern Worldwide

Advisory Group

Dean Brooks
Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies

Susan Nicolai
Overseas Development Institute

Fernando Reimers
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Margaret Sinclair
Education Above All

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


ECCN is governed by a Terms of Reference and executes annual work plans that reflect the broad goal of increasing equitable access to education and more specific strategies to accomplish this goal. In addition, ECCN establishes a range of working groups and tasks teams that are composed of, open to and led by ECCN members.

Year 3 Work Plan
Active Working Groups

ECCN is supported by a 9-person Support Team, comprised of:

This team is managed by Education Development Center, Inc. through a contract with USAID’s E3/ED office.

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