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

  • 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, ...
  • Leaving No One Behind: Perspectives and Directions from DFID Multi-Cadre Conferences 

    Herbert, Siân (IDS, 2019)
    This report is on two DFID multi-cadre conferences that explored how strengthening a development focus on leaving no one behind (LNB) improves the lives of people living in extreme poverty and marginalisation. The conferences ...
  • Guidance, Standards, and Protocols in the Humanitarian Sector on Reducing Harm to the Environment 

    Tull, Kerina (IDS, 2019-08-01)
    The UK Government is taking a keen interest into the way that the UK can reduce its carbon emissions (Carson, 2018): this includes legislative acts (Kyoto Protocol, EU Emissions Trading Scheme) as well as national policies ...
  • Automation of Government Processes 

    Herbert, Siân (IDS, 2019-09-06)
    This rapid literature review examines the impact of, and lessons from, automating government processes in middle-income countries (MICs) and fragile and conflict affected environments (FCAEs). Automating government processes ...
  • Climate Change, Vulnerability to Violent Extremism and Conflict in Kenya 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2019-08-13)
    This rapid review explores the evidence of indirect connections between conflict, vulnerability and climate change in Kenya. The connections between climate change and conflict are complex, dependent, and not fully understood; ...
  • Barriers to Digital Services Adoption in Bangladesh 

    Hernandez, Kevin (IDS, 2019-08-01)
    This report uncovered many barriers to digital services in Bangladesh with a particular focus on access to digital connectivity, digital financial services, e-health, and online education. The 5 As of technology access ...
  • Barriers to Digital Services Adoption in Bangladesh 

    Hernandez, Kevin (IDS, 2019-08-01)
    This report uncovered many barriers to digital services in Bangladesh with a particular focus on access to digital connectivity, digital financial services, e-health, and online education. The 5 As of technology access ...
  • 21st Century Skills: Evidence of Issues in Definition, Demand and Delivery for Development Contexts 

    Joynes, Chris; Rossignoli, Serena; Amonoo-Kuofi, Esi Fenyiwa (IDS, 2019-08)
    The purpose of this study is to provide a summary of the evidence related to issues associated with the definition, demand, and delivery of 21st Century Skills, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries ...
  • Lessons on the Effectiveness of Risk Management Units in Reducing Fiduciary Risk 

    Kelly, Luke (IDS, 2019-07-31)
    There is a limited amount of literature on the lessons regarding the effectiveness of UN risk management units (RMUs) in Somalia and Afghanistan. Responses from stakeholders interviewed is broadly positive. Discussion on ...
  • Evidence on Implementation of Joint Needs Assessments (JNA) and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) by Humanitarian Organisations 

    Kelly, Luke (IDS, 2019-08-09)
    There is little evidence on the effects of Joint Needs Assessments (JNAs) and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) on humanitarian organisations’ behaviour and humanitarian outcomes. JNAs are needs assessments ...
  • Conflict Analysis of the Philippines 

    Herbert, Siân (IDS, 2019-07-29)
    This rapid literature review examines the main conflict and instability drivers in the Philippines. The conflict has been a longstanding feature of the Philippines, with two long-running insurgencies, and a number of other ...
  • Animal Sourced Foods (ASF): Evidence on Stunting and Programmes to Increase Consumption 

    Bolton, Laura (IDS, 2019-08-07)
    Animal source foods (ASF) are an important source of nutrients. They are a particularly good source of iron and zinc which prevents stunting. The main factors affecting ASF consumption that were discussed in the literature ...
  • Lessons from Environmental Peacebuilding Programming 

    Herbert, Siân (IDS, 2019-08-09)
    This rapid literature review collates lessons from conflict resolution/peacebuilding programmes that include land, resource management, and/or environmental issues. Environmental peacebuilding includes a wide range of ...
  • Lessons from Road Safety Research and Policy Engagement in Pakistan, Nepal, Tanzania 

    Torbaghan, Mehran Eskandari; Sasidharan, Manu; Burrow, Michael; Usman, Kristianto (IDS, 2019-07)
    DFID invests in research on transport infrastructure to promote knowledge on cross-cutting issues, such as road safety, and to influence standards and practices across the sector. This rapid desk based study provides lessons ...
  • Evidence of the Impact of Rural Road Investment on Poverty Reduction and Economic Development 

    Hine, John; Sasidharan, Manu; Torbaghan, Mehran Eskandari; Burrow, Michael; Usman, Kristianto (IDS, 2019-07)
    This report provides a rapid review of some of the recently published evidence of the impact of such investment. This rapid evidence based assessment builds on the more thorough systematic review conducted by Hine et al. ...
  • How to Build Effective Partnerships as a Soft Power Tool? 

    Quak, Evert-jan (IDS, 2019-08-08)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on how partnerships can be effectively used as a soft power tool. Indeed, the review concludes that partnerships have ...

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