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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  • Scaling Up Inclusive Approaches for Marginalised and Vulnerable People 

    Carter, Becky; Joshi, Anu; Remme, Michelle (IDS, 2018-07)
    This rapid review summarises the evidence on how to scale up inclusive approaches to complex social change. It looks at how to design scalable inclusive change interventions, as well as how to plan and manage the scale-up ...
  • Economic and gendered impacts of the healthcare workforce 

    Browne, Evie (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-06)
    There is general agreement in the literature that getting more girls into school and into higher education should lead to more women in the healthcare workforce, particularly focusing on getting women into better jobs. ...
  • Syrian refugee women, girls, and people with disabilities in Turkey 

    Rohwerder, Brigitte (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-05)
    Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees, almost half of whom are women and girls. This rapid review looks at available evidence on how Syrian refugee women, girls, and people with disabilities have been affected ...
  • Motivating business to act in social responsible ways 

    Williams, Kirsten (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-04)
    Businesses, both large multinational companies (MNCs) and Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs), have paid considerable attention to the surge in inclusive innovation and socially responsible business practice. At the ...
  • Rural transport interventions to improve maternal health outcomes 

    Rajé, Fiona (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-04)
    Rural transport interventions have been shown to improve maternal health outcomes.This rapid review synthesises findings from academic, practitioner, policy and non-governmental organisation (NGO) sources that discuss ...
  • DFIs investment and job creation in Low Income Countries 

    Craviolatti, Paolo (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-03)
    Development financial institutions (DFIs) operations across their countries portfolio directly generate or support employment in the projects and companies supported by them. The extent of this impact on jobs is mixed and ...
  • Donor support to strengthen public financial management in partner countries: Outcomes, experiences, and ways forward 

    Mills, Linnea (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-02)
    This report presents and discusses recent evidence about donor efforts to strengthen public financial management (PFM) in developing countries. This review summarises recent empirical evidence, drawing from recent academic ...
  • Who are the elite groups in Iraq and how do they exercise power? 

    Herbert, Siân (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-06-30)
    The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq transformed Iraq’s political settlement by ejecting the previous elites from power and by initiating state-building processes with previously marginalised elites and different governance ...
  • Violent extremist organisations in Yemen 

    O'Driscoll, Dylan (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-06-25)
    Almost four years since the Houthis took control of Sana’a in 2014 and seven since initial protests against poor governance in 2011, Yemen remains engulfed in battles for power across the country, including within former ...
  • Balancing profit-making with social value creation: challenges, opportunities and lessons learned 

    Quak, Evert-Jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-06-25)
    Corporate businesses and investors are increasingly aware about the potential source of profit and rich institutional ecosystem that can be ‘tapped’ to facilitate engagement with Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets in developing ...
  • Innovative financial technologies to support livelihoods and economic outcomes 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-06-22)
    There is a growing body of literature on digital financial services, consisting primarily of peer-reviewed journal articles and donor reports. Much of the literature centres on Africa - particularly on Kenya, where mobile ...
  • Privatisation of State Owned Enterprises in Ethiopia since 1991 

    Ismail, Zenobia (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-26)
    After decades of socialist rule under the Derg regime, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) adopted market reforms including privatisation of state owned enterprises (SoEs) in 1991. This is a ...
  • Constraints to business growth in low- and medium-income countries 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-06-12)
    Limited access to finance is cited in much of the literature reviewed as a significant constraint to the growth and performance of businesses in low and middle income countries. Firms in these countries, particularly small ...
  • Strengthening the Financial Independence of Independent Media Organisations 

    Ismail, Zenobia (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-09)
    This report is a review of the literature on interventions and business models which can help independent media organisations to become financially sustainable. The literature on business models for media organisations ...
  • Maternal, newborn and child health in emergency settings 

    Cooper, Rachel (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-09)
    More than 500 women and girls die in emergency settings every day due to complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth (UNFPA, 2018, p. 3). In 2017, an estimated 535 million children (nearly one in four of the world’s ...
  • Donors influencing others donors and development 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-23)
    There is growing interest in ways in which donors can be influenced. While there is some nascent literature on how behavioural insights can be used to influence policy makers (see Helpdesk report, no. 1426), there is very ...
  • Situation of persons with disabilities in Lebanon 

    Combaz, Emilie (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-07-15)
    This Helpdesk report provides a situational analysis of people with disabilities in Lebanon. The report is organised as follows; section 2 summarises the state of knowledge and highlights key gaps; section 3 presents data ...
  • The Criminal Justice System and Stability in Algeria 

    Strachan, Anna (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-06-10)
    This report focuses on the role that the criminal justice system in the country plays in supporting or undermining stability. The following components of the criminal justice system are considered - law enforcement; ...
  • The Security Sector and Stability in Algeria 

    Strachan, Anna (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-29)
    Algeria faces a broad range of security threats, including terrorism, instability in neighbouring countries, drug trafficking and ethnic tensions. While the Algerian armed forces play an important role in combatting these ...
  • Inclusive and Sustained Growth in Iraq 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-06-20)
    Iraq faces significant economic challenges, in particular stemming from its dependence on oil revenue and the country’s bloated public sector. Private sector growth is particularly constrained by the dominance of state-owned ...

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