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Policy Brief on Lessons Learned in Crisis-Sensitive Planning

Tue, March 7, 8:00 to 9:30am, Sheraton Atlanta, 1, Georgia 11 (South Tower)

Proposal

Education, when planned in a crisis-sensitive and risk-informed manner, can contribute to preventing and mitigating conflict and disaster risks. Educational planning that is sensitive to causes and triggers of conflict and that addresses potential natural hazards can thus reduce the effects of conflict and disasters on education and might even prevent some of them, saving lives and futures in the process. Crises and risks should be reflected in every step of the planning process, from analysis, to policy and programming, costs and financing to monitoring and evaluation. This policy brief looks at the lessons learned and recommendations from different countries that have addressed conflict and disaster risks in their educational planning processes.

There are four essential principles for and effective planning process put forward by international organizations. The first of these principles is that planning needs to be country-led. Secondly, the planning process must be participatory. Further, it should be well-organized and coordinated. Finally, planning processes should incorporate capacity development at all levels. This presentation will use these principles as the theoretical framework and examine how these each of these characteristics of the planning process can and have been applied in contexts affected by crises, both natural and human-made.

The policy brief will also show how an education sector analysis, undertaken at either a national or sub-national level can lend itself to harmonization or alignment of humanitarian and development objectives and activities. Based on country examples, the policy brief will look at the opportunities and challenges that arise when working to bridge the humanitarian –development divide in order to achieve more effective educational programming. This work in this area is relatively new and the presentation will aim to highlight useful strategies to the many challenges that bridging the humanitarian-development divide inherently brings with it.

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