No Lost Generation programmes are projects and programmes implemented in No Lost Generation Countries, which target children, youth, or adolescents in at least one of the three pillars (education, child protection, adolescents and youth).

The No Lost Generation initiative promotes integration across sectors for improved results. Children cannot go to school if they are not safe; child labour will continue if families cannot survive without the income; young people cannot contribute their best to society if they have missed out on education, and grown up surrounded by fear and violence.

The initiative is led jointly by UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision. Partners include UN agencies, international and national NGOs, institutional donors, private sector companies and the startup community;  governments, and individuals.

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The No Lost Generation initiative was launched in 2013 at the annual meeting of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

The No Lost Generation initiative covers the crises in Iraq and Syria, and the refugee response in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

The No Lost Generation initiative combines efforts to work towards ensuring a safe a secure future for children affected by the Syria and Iraq crises. It does so by combining programing at the country level with: 

  • Providing an overarching regional framework for key areas of the response
  • Providing a platform for joint advocacy on the priorities for children and youth
  • Amplifying the voices and perspectives of adolescents and youth
  • Linking efforts in different sectors to achieve results on issues which cannot be addressed by one sector alone, such as child labour or child marriage
  • Combining immediate response with strategic investments for the future
  • Mobilising resources for sectors at risk of underfunding

The No Lost Generation initiative is led by an interagency working group situated at the regional level. Programming is done at the country level through existing coordination mechanisms embedded within humanitarian plans. No Lost Generation works at three levels; advocacy, knowledge management, and a working group. These areas of work are co-led by UN agencies and international NGOs.

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. Its mandate outlines five core functions: 1) inspiring political commitment to education, 2) generating additional funding to close the education funding gap, 3) planning and responding collaboratively in crisis situations, 4) strengthening the capacity to respond to crises nationally and globally, and 5) improving accountability. The fund is supported by governments, international organizations, and public and private donors.

ECW and NLG have many of the same goals and objectives;

  • Both ECW and NLG aim to promote investment in children and young people affected by crises, with a particular focus on education.
  • ECW and NLG each work to mobilize resources and support to ensure that children and youth in crisis can lead and participate in the development of resilient future communities.

The primary differences are;

  • ECW is a fund that is used to support education in crisis situations around the world, while NLG is not a fund, but a coalition of actors who advocate for donors and others to fund programming set out in humanitarian response plans.
  • NLG operates within Iraq, Syria, and the countries in the region hosting refugees from Syria (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey) while ECW has a global scope.
  • While ECW mainly focuses on education in emergencies and protracted crises, NLG also supports programming in support of children and young people broadly and has specific pillars on Child Protection and Adolescents & Youth.

NLG and ECW collaborate closely through joint advocacy to highlight the importance of education in emergencies as a strategic investment in human capital; and sharing information and intelligence on ways to diversify the donor base for education in the countries affected by the Syria and Iraq crises, and beyond. ECW and NLG work to support humanitarian coordination structures through their networks of partners, and work together on innovative approaches for continuity and sustainability. ECW’s director Yasmine Sherif is an NLG Champion.