K4D supports learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. The programme is designed to assist DFID and other partners to be innovative and responsive to rapidly changing and complex development challenges.

The evidence of what works in the challenging and uncertain contexts in which we work is highly complex. Without this evidence, programmes would not be designed for maximum impact and could be poor value for money. K4D provides an integrated approach to linking organisational learning processes with the use of evidence from research.

K4D is implemented by a consortium of leading knowledge institutions based in the UK, led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), with the University of Birmingham, International Development Department (IDD); Education Development Trust; Itad; the University of Leeds, Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM); and the University of Manchester, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI).

For more information about the K4D programme, please contact mailto:info@k4d.info


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    K4D supports learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. The programme is designed to assist DFID and other partners to be innovative and responsive to rapidly changing and ...

Recent Submissions

  • Designing and Managing Innovation Portfolios 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2019-09-16)
    This rapid literature review summarises the existing evidence on the design and management of innovation portfolios of organizations from the private sector, public sector and NGOs. This report provides a review of academic ...
  • Tech SMEs in India 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2019-09-18)
    This rapid review uses a mix of academic and grey literature, with reliance on industry and financial sector reports from the private sector. The review is not comprehensive. Although MSMEs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem ...
  • Foundational Mathematics Education in Developing Countries 

    Bolton, Laura (IDS, 2019-09-09)
    There is concern that children in developing countries are not learning sufficient mathematics skills. Focus on enrolment and literacy may have led to neglect of mathematics learning and less is known about the status in ...
  • Impact of Development Capital on Poverty Reduction 

    Salam, Tasneem (IDS, 2019-08-08)
    Evidence from current publicly available literature indicates that development capital has a positive impact on poverty reduction, but that this is achieved through indirect and induced impact rather than through direct ...
  • G7 and G20 Commitments on Health 

    Lucas, Brian (IDS, 2019-09-27)
    There are four health issues that have received the most consistent attention in G7 and G20 summit declarations, having been addressed in more than half of the summits since 2015 and appearing in 30 or more commitments ...
  • Consumer Pressure, Labour Standards and the Ready-Made Garment sector 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2019-08-06)
    This rapid literature review summarises the existing evidence on labour standards and business outcomes within the global Ready-Made Garment Sector. This report provides a review of academic papers, policy briefs, and other ...
  • Climate Compatible Development and Rapid Urbanisation in Rwanda 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2019-09-09)
    This rapid review uses information from mixture of academic, policy and governmental literature. There is a large literature base on green growth in Rwanda, although evidence on the effectiveness of its interventions or ...
  • Development, Climate and Environment: An Annotated Bibliography 

    Tull, Kerina (IDS, 2019-07-23)
    Climate and the environment affect us all, as do any changes to them. Therefore, it is important to understand the basics on the causes of these changes, as well as how these changes affect people and the potential impacts, ...
  • Links between Urbanisation and Employment in Rwanda 

    Tull, Kerina (IDS, 2019-09-09)
    Greater urbanisation is explicit in Rwanda’s plans for becoming a middle-income country by 2020 (World Bank, 2018a). Rwandans living in cities and towns are predicted to double from current estimates of 17% to 35% by 2024 ...
  • Mapping Security and Justice Activities in the Caribbean 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2019-08-30)
    This rapid review provides a snapshot of current security and justice activities being implemented by multilateral and bilateral donors in the Caribbean region. This helpdesk report expands and builds on the previous K4D ...
  • Gender Roles and Inequalities in the Nigerian Labour Market 

    Enfield, Sue (IDS, 2019-05-21)
    Across the world, women juggle work with family and care responsibilities, and Nigeria is no exception. Early marriage and family formation play a critical role in women’s access to jobs and it is a more significant issue ...
  • Drivers and Enablers of Serious Organised Crime in Southeast Asia 

    Idris, Iffat (IDS, 2019-08-30)
    This review looks at drivers and enablers of serious organised crime (SOC) in Southeast Asia. The four main forms of SOC in the region are: a) illicit drugs; b) human trafficking and migrant smuggling; c) environmental ...
  • Evidence for Soft Power Created Via Scholarship Schemes 

    Enfield, Sue (IDS, 2019-08-28)
    While there is widespread endorsement of a view that scholarships are effective tools in promoting and enhancing a country’s soft power, investing in future leaders, providing access and equity, and increasing research ...
  • Evidence on Impact Evaluation of Road Transport Networks using Network Theory 

    Sasidharan, Manu; Usman, Kristianto; Ngezahayo, Esdras; Burrow, Michael (IDS, 2019-08-21)
    The development of network theory has resulted in a growing understanding of the topological properties of transport networks. This has led to knowledge on how network indicators relate to the performance of a network, ...
  • Legislation on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and England and Wales 

    Kelly, Luke (IDS, 2019-08-21)
    This literature review finds evidence of several regulatory requirements for non-governmental organisation (NGO) formation and work in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and England and Wales. Laws have made it ...
  • Overview of Sector Transformation Programmes Funded by DFID 

    Megersa, Kelbesa; Avis, William (IDS, 2019-08-05)
    This rapid literature review summarizes the existing evidence (mainly programme business cases, annual reviews, logical frameworks, etc.) on selected sector programs run by DFID in priority countries. This report will ...
  • Structure of the Global Ready-Made Garment Sector 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2019-08-22)
    The ready-made garment (RMG) industry’s value chain is buyer-driven. It is labour intensive and involves large retailers who have specific product requirements. Large companies set up production plants in regions where ...
  • Changing Food Systems: Implications for DFID Priorities 

    Woodhill, Jim; Quak, Evert-jan (IDS, 2019-09)
    How food systems change over the coming decades will have profound implications for development goals and priorities. Changes in what we eat, population growth, and urbanisation – along with the implications of climate ...
  • Transparency of Loans to Uganda 

    Mills, Linnea (IDS, 2019-05-14)
    This report focuses on transparency and accountability of debt from both the lender’s and the borrower’s perspectives. Section 2 outlines what transparency entails with regard to borrowers and lenders with a particular ...
  • Principal Lenders to Uganda 

    Pasaogullari, Hulya (IDS, 2019-05-13)
    This report provides a summary of public debt of Uganda specifically focusing on its external debt. A similar but limited search for Kenya is also presented as comparison. The types of lending products in terms of loan, ...

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