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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    Lucas, Brian (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-25)
    This summary reviews evidence on the urban flooding impact, risk factors, and management and mitigation measures in Lagos and other cities in Nigeria. Flooding is a common problem every year in many cities across Nigeria, ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.113 

    Millington, Kerry (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-22)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • The Size and Growth Potential of the Digital Economy in ODA-eligible Countries 

    Herbert, George; Loudon, Lucas (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-01)
    This rapid review synthesises evidence on the current size of the digital market, the countries promoting development of digital business and their approach through Trade Policies or Incentive Frameworks, and the current ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.112 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-15)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary No.29 

    Herbert, Sian (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-12)
    This fortnightly Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary aims to signpost the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and other UK government departments to the latest evidence and opinions on ...
  • Threats to Civilian Aviation Since 1975 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-05)
    This literature review finds that the main malicious threats to civilian aviation since 1975 are attacks by terrorist groups, deliberate or accidental damage arising from conflicts, and incidents caused by people who work ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.11 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-08)
    This is the 11th 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. ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.111 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-08)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • The Effect of Non-partisan Elections and Decentralisation on Local Government Performance 

    Richards, Robin (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-27)
    This rapid review focusses on whether there is international evidence on the role of non-partisan elections as a form of decentralised local government that improves performance of local government. The review provides ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.110 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-01)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • The Link Between Demography and Labour Markets in sub-Saharan Africa 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-20)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on how demography affects labour markets (e.g. entrants, including youth and women) and labour market outcomes (e.g. ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.109 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-25)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • Trends in Conflict and Stability in the Indo-Pacific 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01)
    This report looks at trends in conflict and instability in the Indo-Pacific region, focusing on climate change effects and a number of civil liberties. The Indo-Pacific region is both highly vulnerable to the effects of ...
  • The Impact of Business Environment Reforms on Poverty, Gender and Inclusion 

    Macdonald, Keir (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-04)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on how business environment reforms in middle-income countries impacts on poverty, gender and inclusion. Although, there ...
  • Thinking and Working Politically on Transboundary Issues 

    Birch, Izzy (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-18)
    There is growing consensus that political factors are a key determinant of development impact. The practice of Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) is built around three interconnected principles: (i) strong political ...
  • Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary No.28 

    Herbert, Siân (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-15)
    The fortnightly Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary aim to signpost the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) and other UK government departments to the latest evidence and opinions on ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.108 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-18)
    This weekly COVID-19 health evidence summary (HES) is based on 3.5 hours of desk-based research. The summary is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of available evidence on COVID-19 but aims to make original documents ...
  • Linking Business Environment Reform with Gender and Inclusion: A Study of Business Licensing Reform in Indonesia 

    Saha, Amrita; Thorpe, Jodie; Macdonald, Keir; Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01)
    Business environment reform (BER) targets inadequate business regulations. It is intended to remove constraints to business investment, enabling growth and job creation, and create opportunities for international business ...
  • Financial Incentives to Reduce Female Infanticide, Child Marriage and Promote Girl’s Education: Institutional and Monitoring Mechanisms 

    Birch, Izzy (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-18)
    The focus of this paper is on the complementary mechanisms and interventions likely to increase the effectiveness and impact of conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes in South Asia that aim to reduce female infanticide ...
  • Financial Incentives to Reduce Female Infanticide, Child Marriage and Promote Girl’s Education: Impact 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-11)
    This review examines evidence on the key design features and impact of programmes that use Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) or baby bonds to reduce female infanticide, child marriage and promote girl’s education. Conditional ...

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