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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  • Merit-based Recruitment in the Public Sector: Effectiveness and Challenges 

    Haider, Huma (IDS, 2019-11-20)
    In recent years, countries in the Western Balkans have taken various measures, such as reforming and adopting legislation, to increase the scope of merit-based recruitment procedures (Meyer-Sahling et al., 2019). There is ...
  • The Value of Theory of Change in Large-Scale Projects and Complex Interventions 

    Richards, Robin (IDS, 2019-11-19)
    This rapid literature review concentrates on the role that theory of change plays at the programmatic level, and if there are examples that illustrate how theory of change can be used to pull together nested theories of ...
  • The ‘Youth Bulge’ and Political Unrest in Iraq: A Political Economy Approach 

    Amirali, Asha (IDS, 2019-11-11)
    This report reviews existing research on the relationship between the ‘youth bulge’ and political unrest in order to understand when and why young Iraqis resort to violence or disruption. There is some disagreement in the ...
  • Political Will of African Governments to Address Climate Change 

    Lucas, Brian (IDS, 2019-11-20)
    In the past ten to fifteen years, there has been a ‘striking rise in discussions of politics and power in development policy circles’ (Laws & Marquette, 2018, p. 1) across all sectors, including calls for ‘greater attention ...
  • Determinants of Sovereign Debt Default: Some Evidence from FCAS and MENA Countries 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2019-11-14)
    Debt vulnerabilities have amplified in recent years in many developing countries – including many fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) and those in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Debt defaults in ...
  • Family Planning Lessons with a Focus on MENA Countries 

    Bolton, Laura (IDS, 2019-11-15)
    This report aimed to look at lessons on family planning programming focussing on Iran in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and recent attempts in Egypt. Journal articles and grey literature were drawn on. A brief search on ...
  • Legislation, Policies and Social Exclusion in Nigeria 

    Birchall, Jenny (IDS, 2019-11-18)
    In Nigeria, there are several pieces of legislation, and a selection of policies that, if implemented, will impact on social exclusion and which aim to increase excluded people’s access to services. There are also examples ...
  • Overview of Social Exclusion in Nigeria 

    Birchall, Jenny (IDS, 2019-11-18)
    The concepts of poverty and social exclusion are intertwined but distinct from each other; not all members of socially disadvantaged groups are economically disadvantaged. However, social exclusion increases poverty by ...
  • Evidence on Social Inclusion Programming in Nigeria 

    Kelly, Luke (IDS, 2019-11-08)
    This rapid review has found evidence of a number of lessons from past social inclusion programming in Nigeria. Inclusion programming is understood as programmes that aim to include excluded groups in the employment market ...
  • Engaging New Governments on Development Priorities 

    Cooper, Rachel (IDS, 2019-11-29)
    This rapid literature review considers donor engagement with newly elected governments in aid recipient countries. It sought to focus on the immediate period after a new administration is elected and takes office. However, ...
  • Support for Civil Society Engagement in Peace Processes 

    Idris, Iffat (IDS, 2019-06-10)
    This review looks at the effectiveness of interventions specifically aimed at supporting civil society groups to participate in peace processes. Unfortunately, a number of major challenges were faced. One, donor support ...
  • Urban Expansion in Nigeria 

    Avis, William Robert (IDS, 2019-10-29)
    This rapid literature review, surveys the available literature on urban expansion in Nigerian cities/towns over the coming decades. It presents information on population growth, geographic expansion and urban density to ...
  • Guidance Note on Scaling up Social Norm Change 

    Carter, Becky; Apgar, Marina; Mohmand, Shandana Khan (IDS, 2019-04)
    This is a guidance note on how DFID can support the scale-up of inclusive approaches to complex social change for marginalised and vulnerable groups. It looks at how to scale up approaches to shift social norms that underpin ...
  • Guidance Note on Scaling up Social Norm Change: Risk Management and Monitoring (Brief 04) 

    Carter, Becky; Apgar, Marina; Mohmand, Shandana Khan (IDS, 2019-04)
    This paper is one of four companion Briefs to the main guidance note on scaling up social norm change. The fourth brief focuses on Risk management and monitoring. This Brief looks in further detail at a selection of the ...
  • Guidance Note on Scaling up Social Norm Change: Resourcing and Value for Money (Brief 03) 

    Carter, Becky; Apgar, Marina; Mohmand, Shandana Khan (IDS, 2019-04)
    This paper is one of four companion Briefs to the main guidance note on scaling up social norm change. The third brief focuses on resourcing and value for money. There is little available evidence on the costing and value ...
  • Guidance Note on Scaling up Social Norm Change: Types of Scale Up (Brief 02) 

    Carter, Becky; Apgar, Marina; Mohmand, Shandana Khan (IDS, 2019-04)
    This paper is one of four companion Briefs to the main guidance note on scaling up social norm change. The second brief focuses on the types of scale-up: horizontal, vertical, functional, organisational, and evidence and ...
  • Guidance Note on Scaling up Social Norm Change: Concepts and Resources (Brief 01) 

    Carter, Becky; Apgar, Marina; Mohmand, Shandana Khan (IDS, 2019-04)
    This paper is one of four companion Briefs to the main guidance note on scaling up social norm change. The first brief focuses on the concept and resources on social norms, social norms intervention, and scale-up. This ...
  • Interventions to Reduce Forced Marriage 

    Idris, Iffat (IDS, 2019-11-15)
    This review drew largely on academic papers as well as reports by international development organisations. Evidence and hence lessons on how to combat forced marriage are limited and sometimes contradictory. Overall, the ...
  • Youth Employment Needs in Nigeria 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2019-10-31)
    There has been increased interest in youth issues in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, especially related to employment. Nigeria is expected to grow to over 440 million people by 2050, becoming the third most populated ...
  • Cash Transfer Programmes in High Inflation Contexts 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2019-10-31)
    The use of Cash Transfers (CTs) in developing regions arose as the understanding grew that some other types of aid programmes were not effectively attaining their goals. For instance, emergency food aid was responding to ...

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