K4D supports learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. The programme is designed to assist the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 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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  • Emerging Issues in East Africa for Girls’ Education in East Africa 

    Booth, Rachel (Institute of Development Studies, 2022-01-21)
    Despite progress on girls’ education in the past 25 years, many girls in East Africa are still facing profound education challenges. When combined with gender norms, poverty, location, and disability, girls are likely to ...
  • K4D’s Work Around Climate Change and Related Issues 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-10)
    This report provides an illustrative overview of K4D’s work from October 2016 until May 2021 connected to climate change. Given the breadth of K4D reports that touch on climate change (or related issues), this report has ...
  • Approaches to Combatting Modern Slavery in Supply Chains 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-08)
    The purpose of this rapid review is to lay out some of the general approaches used by both business and government to tackle ‘modern slavery’ in international business supply chains, and locate evidence of their ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence and Discourse Summary No.22 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2022-01)
    This is the 21st monthly Humanitarian Evidence Summary (HUMES) to signpost FCDO and other UK government departments to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on humanitarian action to inform and support their response. ...
  • Analysing Intersecting Social Inequalities in Crisis Settings 

    Carter, Becky (Institute of Development Studies., 2022-01-05)
    Analysis of intersecting social inequalities is key to effective, inclusive interventions in crisis settings. Gender equality and social inclusion analytical frameworks provide key research questions and participatory ...
  • Education, Conflict, and Stability in South Sudan 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07)
    This Emerging Issues Report explores the relationship between education, conflict, and (in)stability in South Sudan, drawing on a wide range of academic, policy, and programming literature. There is a growing body of ...
  • Lessons Learned from Education Initiatives Implemented During the First Wave of COVID-19: A Literature Review 

    Sims, Kate (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-12)
    It is important to assume that the learning crisis caused by COVID-19 is not over. As highlighted by 2021 school closures in response to the Delta variant, lessons learned from school closures in 2020 are required and ...
  • Incorporating Gender Perspective in Peace Operations since 2018 

    Avis, William (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-11-22)
    This rapid literature review collates evidence from academic, policy focussed and grey literature on progress on incorporating gender perspectives in peace operations since 2018, including the deployment of female peacekeepers, ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence and Discourse Summary No.21 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-12)
    This is the 21st monthly Humanitarian Evidence Summary (HUMES) to signpost FCDO and other UK government departments to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on humanitarian action to inform and support their response. ...
  • Measuring Carbon Emissions From Low carbon Cities in Rapidly Urbanising Countries – Nepal 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-09-15)
    Climate change and urbanisation are inextricably linked. With the acceleration of urbanisation in many developing countries, urban areas play a major role in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. This is true ...
  • Taxation and Public Financial Management of Mining Revenue in the Democratic Republic of Congo 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-10-08)
    This rapid review provides a summary of the evidence on the taxation and public financial management of mining revenues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is a very complex topic, with a large and growing ...
  • Direct and Indirect Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Girls 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08-13)
    This rapid literature review finds that women have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 in several ways. As the Covid-19 pandemic began, it was widely predicted that women would face worse outcomes than men in many ...
  • Policies and Practices that Link Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation (PSEA) 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-09-21)
    This report show that largely protection from sexual exploitation (PSEA) is incorporated into accountability for affected population (AAP) policy and practice. In 2014 the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) merged two ...
  • Armed Groups and Mining 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-09-07)
    The relationship between armed groups and mining is complex. Reports of armed interference in mining are provided by the United Nations (UN) Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and reported in the ...
  • Global Evidence on the Prevalence and Impact of Online Gender-based Violence (OGBV) 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-10-08)
    This rapid review updates a previous report (Fraser and Martineau-Searle, 2018) with evidence from 2018 onwards. It finds an evidence base on online gender-based violence (OGBV) covering a wider range of countries than the ...
  • Alternative Systems for Managing Financial Transactions in Humanitarian Crises 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-13)
    Restrictions on the banking sector are having a growing adverse impact on the flow of funds to humanitarian agencies and assisting communities affected by humanitarian crises has also become much more difficult and ...
  • Digital Service Taxes and Their Application 

    Kelbesa, Megersa (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-15)
    Many developing economies have seen a rise in e-commerce activity within their borders, and a decline in income from traditional industries as a result of COVID-19, meaning the digital economy offers a potentially unexploited ...
  • Lessons Learned from Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Programmes that Operate in Fragile or Conflict Affected Settings 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-10-09)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature on how community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programmes could be adapted in settings of conflict and fragility. It identifies multiple factors affecting the ...
  • The Drivers of Acute Food Insecurity and the Risk of Famine 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-11-09)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on the drivers of acute food insecurity and famines with a focus on key FCDO-partner countries. This review builds further ...
  • Drivers of Compliance with International Human Rights Treaties 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08-25)
    Are international human rights treaties associated with better rights performance? The appetite for a conclusive answer has driven a number of large scale quantitative studies that have broadly shown little or no effect, ...

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