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


Recent Submissions

  • The Current Situation of Persons with Disabilities in Jordan 

    Thompson, Stephen (IDS, 2018-08-03)
    This helpdesk research report presents recent data on the state of persons with disabilities (PWD) in Jordan, including data on access to basic services; the political, social, cultural, and economic context for persons ...
  • Strengthening Research Systems: Concepts, Actions and Actors 

    Datta, Ajoy (IDS, 2018-08-31)
    There are few frameworks that explicitly conceptualise social science research systems in a ‘developing’ country context. What frameworks there are tend to focus on health and agriculture. However, drawing on related or ...
  • INGOs Relocating to the Global South 

    Williams, Kirsten (IDS, 2018-09-14)
    Under the localisation agenda of integrating more local actors in the humanitarian and development ecosystem, some INGOs are looking to adapt their discourse and structures. Relocating their headquarters to the Global South ...
  • Girls’ Educational Needs in Libya 

    Carter, Becky (IDS, 2018-09-11)
    Girls’ – and boys’ – education in Libya has been affected by the ongoing conflict. Seven years on from the 2011 crisis, three governments compete for power, with deep divisions along political, geographic, religious and ...
  • Ending Tuberculosis 

    Millington, Kerry A. (IDS, 2018-08)
    This report examines the challenges facing ending tuberculosis (TB). TB is preventable and curable, and yet it continues to affect over 10 million people a year and is the world’s deadliest infectious disease. TB affects ...
  • Urban Food Systems and Nutrition 

    Tull, Kerina (IDS, 2018-07-02)
    This report provides an overview of the trends of urbanisation, the urban poor, and urban nutrition and how these trends affect urban food markets and food systems in low- and middle- income countries. Urbanisation is ...
  • The EU and its Member States’ Trade Support Programmes for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) 

    Quak, Evert-Jan (IDS, 2018-07-17)
    Trade is prominently mainstreamed into development policies and the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries opened a new trade and development ...
  • The Public Investment Gap: the Need for External Finance to Increase Public Investment 

    Quak, Evert-Jan (IDS, 2018-08-02)
    Public investments are an important tool for economic growth and development. For sub-Saharan Africa, the issue of optimal level of public investment is under-researched. Public investment trends show that during the booming ...
  • 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 ...

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