Who We Are

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.


For inquiries contact: iei@worldbank.org

For media inquiries contact:

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Social Sustainability and Inclusion: Education:

Uwi Basaninyenzi

Kristyn Schrader-King



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.

Parnership Council

The Partnership Council (PC) provides strategic guidance and direction on the implementation of the IEI. The PC has an endorsement function for annual workplans, and budget for IEI phases. The PC comprises senior leadership from the World Bank, IEI Task team Leaders as well as representatives from DfID and Norad.


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Norad Logo


World Bank 


Government of U.K.

Foreign, Commonwealth
& Development Office 


Government of Norway

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation



Technical Advisory Council

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) provides advice and guidance to the IEI Partnership Council (PC) and the IEI Program Management Team (PMT) on the thematic priority areas based on the needs and trends in the field of inclusive education for children with disabilities. Organizations that constitutes the TAC are:

Atlas Alliance

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Global Partnership for Education(GPE)

Humanity & Inclusion

International Disability Alliance (IDA)

International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)


World Bank

IEI Team

TF Management 

  • Charlotte Vuyiswa McClain-Nhlapo, (Program Manager) Global Disability Advisor
  • Anna-Maria Eftimiadis, (Task Team Leader), Senior Partnerships Specialist
  • Omar Arias, Practice Manager Education Global Practice
  • Ingo Wiederhofer, Practice Manager, Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice

Core team 

  • Deepti Samant Raja, Senior Technical Disability and Development Consultant
  • Ruchi Kulbir Singh, Senior Technical Disability-Inclusive Education Consultant
  • Elizabeth Acul, Program Assistant
  • Hanna Alasuutari, Senior Education Specialist, Global Thematic Lead for Inclusive Education

Technical consultants 

  • Anna Hill Martin, Technical Consultant on Disability-Inclusive Education 
  • Trishna Rajyalaxmi Rana, Technical Consultant on Disability-Inclusion

Knowledge Management and Communications

  • Michelle Morandotti, Knowledge Management and Communications Consultant
  • Rana Damayo AlGazzaz, Knowledge Management Consultant
  • Anastasiia Krasilnikova, Knowledge Management Consultant
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