The Inclusive Education Initiative (IEI) is a multi-donor trust fund overseen by the World Bank.
Launched in 2019 with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the U.K. government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) the initiative invests in catalytic technical expertise and knowledge resources that support countries in making education progressively inclusive for children across the spectrum of disabilities.
The purpose of the IEI is to accelerate action by countries and support their efforts in making education more inclusive. The IEI will do this by working both at the global and country levels to help stakeholders and governments mobilize financing and develop programs that ensure inclusive education. At the global level, the IEI will work to coordinate inclusive education planning and develop public goods that countries can use to improve access and quality of education for children with disabilities.
At the country level, the IEI will ensure that efforts by development partners are coordinated, provide financial resources and technical assistance for development and implementation of disability-inclusive education programs, and support disaggregated data collection related to disability.
The Inclusive Education Initiative recognizes the intersectionality of disability with other disadvantages. The IEI adopts a social and educational inclusion lens to ensure that children with disabilities attend, participate and ultimately benefit from learning in school. The IEI also places children with disabilities at center of all its program and activities, hence the IEI uses the term “disability-inclusive education” and “children/learners with disabilities”—reiterating the focus on disability while supporting and promoting the true spirit of inclusive education as articulated in Article 24 of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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This World Bank trust fund is supported by Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and FCDO, the U.K. government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and supported by multilateral and bilateral organizations, governments, civil society groups and others working to make education inclusive for all children.