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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    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 ...
  • Criminal Activity and Deforestation in Latin America 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-08)
    This review examines evidence on criminal deforestation activity in Latin America (particularly, but not exclusively the Amazon) and draws from the literature on the lessons learned in combatting criminal deforestation ...
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    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-11)
    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 ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.10 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-06)
    This is the 10th 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. ...
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    Boustati, Alma (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-11-02)
    Despite increased educational parity between the genders and declining fertility rates, female labour force participation rates in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia remain low and even declining. This phenomenon is a ...
  • Urban Flood Risk Management in Africa 

    Lucas, Brian (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-01)
    This review synthesises evidence on the main types of floods and causes of flooding in urban areas in Africa, and what factors increase flood risk in African cities (and particularly in Nigeria). It draws on lessons learned ...
  • COVID 19 and the Rights of Belief Minorities 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-11-06)
    This rapid literature review finds evidence of covid-19 having the effect of undermining the rights of religious and belief minorities in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Nigeria, but limited evidence on the situation ...
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    Lenhardt, Amanda (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-18)
    This report summarises findings from a rapid review of the literature on parliamentary strengthening and evidence on the effectiveness of different types of programme interventions. The report draws on findings from diverse ...
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    Birchall, Jenny (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-18)
    This rapid review presents a selection of the available literature on gender, security and justice, focusing on learning from interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and north Africa (MENA) and South Asia. A ...
  • Supporting Survivors of Conflict Related Sexual Violence 

    Enfield, Sue (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-21)
    This report is based on a rapid review of published academic literature. This highlights a dominant focus on conflict related sexual violence in Africa with less readily accessible information from conflicts in Asia and ...
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    Birchall, Jenny (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-07)
    In 2019, an evidence review commissioned by the gender equality team at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), looking at global rollback on women’s rights, identified a range of evidence to show that these ...
  • Rollback on Gender Equality and Women and Girls’ Rights in International Fora Since 2016 

    Birchall, Jenny (Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 2020-12-07)
    Several studies document an increased backlash around women’s rights and feminism in international fora – particularly in United Nations (UN) spaces – since 2016. A growing number of studies highlight that not only has ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.106 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-14)
    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.27 

    Herbert, Siân (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-11)
    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 ...
  • Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment in Malawi: Lessons from other Southern African States 

    Richards, Robin (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-07)
    This rapid review focusses on what the government of Malawi can learn from the implementation of indigenisation, economic empowerment and affirmative action policies in other countries. The review specifically looks at the ...
  • Private Sector markets for climate adaptation and resilience products and services 

    Enfield, Sue (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-11)
    This rapid review draws from academic resources, resources from knowledge institutes, and grey literature which yields a balance of information on discussion of the climate adaptation market (policy issues, private sector ...
  • Humanitarian evidence summary No.9 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-08)
    This is the 9th of a monthly Humanitarian Evidence Summary to signpost the FCDO and other UK government departments to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on humanitarian response to inform and support their response. ...
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    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-11-12)
    Population ethics, especially in relation to climate change, is a very complicated and sensitive area with ongoing debates, and it is important to bear this in mind during this report. There still remains some foundational ...

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