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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Recent Submissions

  • Simplified Protocol to Treat Severe and Moderate Acute Malnutrition in Yemen 

    Tull, Kerina (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-15)
    This rapid review is an update of the HEART Helpdesk Report on nutrition interventions in developing and fragile contexts (Bolton, 2014), and focuses on simplified (i.e. separate) protocols used to treat severe and moderate ...
  • Iraqi State Capabilities 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-18)
    A central indicator of governance and state capacity is the ability of the government to ensure access to basic services. This review looks at the current capability of the state of Iraq to deliver public services. The ...
  • Humanitarian Protection of Persons Affected by conflict - Evidence Mapping 

    O'Driscoll, Dylan (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-14)
    This rapid review follows on from the earlier report by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI) ‘Scoping study: what works in protection and how do we know?’, which summarised the pre-2013 data on protection. The focus ...
  • Mapping Financial Centres 

    Timmis, Hannah (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-15)
    This review provides suggestive evidence of key IFCs for developing countries by analysing capital movements to and from selected regions and economies. While these capital flows are not driven by tax considerations alone, ...
  • Human Capital in Iraq 

    Tull, Kerina (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-18)
    This rapid review has found that human capital is developing in Iraq after years of stagnation due to the 2003 war, where the health and education sectors were hit particularly strongly (OCHA, 2018:5). About 50% of Iraq’s ...
  • Aid Agency Approaches to the Design and Delivery of Basic Education Programmes 

    Joynes, Chris; Plunkett, Roisin (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-27)
    This report provides a global selection of case studies providing evidence of approaches to the design of basic education interventions by aid agencies. In keeping with the request, the scope of the report focusses as far ...
  • The Global Financial System and Developing Countries 

    Timmis, Hannah (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-27)
    The global financial system has changed significantly since the 2007-08 financial crisis. Developing countries have seen a decline in their net financial flows due to the collapse of the international banking sector. This ...
  • Effective Learning Strategies to Improve Basic Education Outcomes 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-27)
    Improving basic education outcomes is a very broad research area. The time constraints of the helpdesk review directed focus on large-scale reviews of learning strategies in low- and middle-income countries. This was ...
  • Exchange Rate Management and Export Growth: Lessons for Ethiopia 

    Ferrand, Alexis (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-27)
    This report reviewed some of the literature, focused on experiences in other countries that can be drawn on. The structure of the report is as follow: it starts off with a brief overview of what academic literature says ...
  • Tax Coordination and Tax Harmonisation Within the Regional Economic Communities in Africa 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-04)
    Overall, this report concludes that member countries have pushed for coordination and harmonisation, mainly in the area of indirect taxation (VAT and excises). Only the WAEMU has legislatives in place to coordinate direct ...
  • Strengthening Participation of People with Disabilities in Leadership Roles in Developing Countries 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-04)
    People with disabilities have often been excluded from playing an active part and leadership roles in the political and social life in their own countries. There remain serious gaps in the literature on successful strategies ...
  • Disability Stigma in Developing Countries 

    Rohwerder, Brigitte (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-09)
    Across the world stereotypes, prejudice, and stigma contribute to the discrimination and exclusion experienced by people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of their lives. This rapid review looks at available ...
  • Mapping Women’s Economic Exclusion in Tanzania 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-05-11)
    Tanzania is one of the best performing economies in East Africa in recent years, which is reflected in improved human development. However, inequalities – including gender inequalities – persist. This report maps evidence ...
  • Effects of Violence in the Home on Children’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing During Conflict 

    Combaz, Emilie (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-20)
    Being exposed to violence in the home during war increases children’s risk of developing problems in mental health and psychosocial wellbeing (MHPSW), a small but robust evidence base shows. Conversely, this evidence shows ...
  • Indicators and Methods for Assessing Entrepreneurship Training Programmes 

    Ismail, Zenobia (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-03-30)
    Entrepreneurship training programmes are an important component of demand side job creation strategies in developing countries (Fox and Kaul, 2017). Assessments of such programmes are constrained by variations in the ...
  • Policing and Marginalised Groups 

    O'Driscoll, Dylan (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-18)
    This rapid review synthesises data from academic, policy and NGO sources on the impact of international policing interventions on marginalised groups in fragile and conflict-affected states. Interventions will be defined ...
  • A Mapping of Refugee Resettlement Schemes 

    West, Helen; Plunkett, Roisin (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-18)
    A range of refugee resettlement efforts take place across all of the countries covered in this report. Common themes include the accepting of Syrian refugees for resettlement, collaboration with (but not always limited to) ...
  • Mapping the Organisations that Address Disability Issues in North Africa 

    Quak, Evert-Jan; Rohwerder, Brigitte (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-11)
    The available evidence on disability in North Africa suggests that people with disabilities are doing less well in comparison to people without disabilities because of factors including marginalisation, stigma, lack of ...
  • The Impact of International Tax Competition on Low and Middle-Income Countries 

    Quak, Evert-Jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-23)
    States compete with tax schemes to attract portfolio capital, profits of international operating corporations, foreign direct investment (FDI) and high income jobs. The literature on low and middle-income countries (LMICs) ...
  • Disability in North Africa 

    Rohwerder, Brigitte (Institute of Development Studies, 2018-04-11)
    While there is not a clear picture of disability in North Africa, the available evidence suggests that people with disabilities are doing less well in comparison to people without disabilities as a result of factors including ...

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