The Djibouti Declaration – A New Global Compact for Those Fleeing Violence, Seeking Safety

In the village of Sebagoro, in Uganda, on the shore of Lake Albert, tens of thousands of refugees have arrived from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are being moved into settlements provided by the Ugandan government. This ongoing effort follows the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which envisions a world in which refugees can come to countries where they are safe and welcomed. The CRRF recognizes that when refugees can support themselves and their families, when they’re given that chance, they can make positive contributions to their communities.

Recently, the countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia agreed to apply the CRRF to the current crisis. That agreement, called the Djibouti Declaration, proposes the following:

  • supporting refugees’ immediate and ongoing needs (i.e. protection, heath, and education);
  • assisting local and national institutions and the communities receiving refugees;
  • expanding opportunities for those in need of international protection; and
  • increasing opportunities for resettlement and complementary pathways.

ECCN supported USAID in a webcast highlighting the recent Djibouti Declaration on Refugee Education, signed on December 14, 2017. The webcast discusses the implications of the Djibouti Declaration on USAID education investments in the area.

For more information, see the ECCN Djibouti Declaration webpage.



Recent News Items

The ICT Checklist for Education in Crisis and Conflict is here!

In collaboration with INEE’s task team, ECCN is pleased to announce the launch of the  ICT Checklist for Education in Crisis and Conflict.

Get a first look at this informative checklist, learn all the details and how it might apply to your work, and engage in a Q&A session by joining our webcast on Wednesday, August 29 from 9 – 10 a.m. (EDT). RSVP requested.

Check out the ECCN event page for more information and  RSVP  by no later than Monday, August 27 to obtain login information. 

ECCN Invites Pilot Testers and Collaborators

Three unique opportunities for ECCN members interested in piloting new tools or becoming a collaborator:

(A) ECCN is looking for partners to pilot its innovative Safer Learning Environments (SLE) Quantitative Assessment Toolkit, which helps identify the most significant risks to safer learning. ECCN will provide in-country training and (virtual) technical assistance from ECCN’s Research Manager Gwen Heaner. If you have any questions or would like to pilot the toolkit, please email Gwen Heaner. For more information about the qualitative toolkit, which compliments the quantitative one, click here.

(B) If you are knowledgeable about Conflict Sensitive Education or improved monitoring of EiCC programs, ECCN welcomes your input on its draft list of Conflict Sensitive Education Indicators as well as the draft of the ECCN/Education Equity Research Initiative for Access and Retention: Guidance for Practitioners in Crisis and Conflict-Affected Contexts. Please contact ECCN’s Protocols and Metrics Specialist Daniel Lavan.

(C) Partner with ECCN to disseminate your work! If you are working on a new tool or resource or are looking to field-test or publicize research you are conducting in the next twelve months, ECCN invites you to submit an application for its Partner Initiatives by August 10, 2018.

CoP Helps Shape U.S. Education Strategy

As part of the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act, the U.S. Government will release a new comprehensive education strategy in September. Many agencies, including USAID, have helped to develop this strategy and sought input from the community and public. ECCN itself hosted several consultations through which its members provided input from an Education in Crisis and Conflict perspective.

In May, ECCN members were surveyed about their goals and the challenges they face in their work to foster high-level education for children and youth living in crisis-affected contexts.

In June, ECCN and its partners hosted the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Roundtable. One hundred researchers, practitioners, and policymakers gathered to discuss the current evidence, implementation challenges, promising approaches, and innovative SEL interventions. The gathering informed and helped develop recommendations on social-emotional learning in crisis and conflict-affected contexts for the new U.S. international basic education strategy. Roundtable resources, notes, and slides can be found on the ECCN SEL Event Page.

Access the consolidated input ECCN submitted to USAID  here – thank you all for your input!


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