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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  • Water Security and Climate Change 

    Cooper, Rachel; Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07-19)
    Attention is coalescing around water and climate change, and the agendas for water security and climate action are converging. There is growing appreciation of water as a crosscutting mechanism for improving the effectiveness ...
  • Feminist Foreign Policy: Contributions and lessons 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08-11)
    A relatively small number of countries have an explicit “Feminist Foreign Policy” (FFP). Those most often cited are Sweden, Canada, France, Mexico, and Spain. In theory, an FFP moves beyond gender mainstreaming in foreign ...
  • Education Systems for Girls’ Education in the Indo-Pacific Region 

    Newman, Lorenzo; Pelosi, Alice; Zino, Giovanni; Crespi, Silvia; Gordon, Rebecca (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-09)
    Despite substantial progress over the last two decades, girls in many parts of the world experience worse educational outcomes than boys, particularly at the secondary and tertiary levels. The COVID-19 pandemic appears to ...
  • Policy and Administrative Barriers to IDPs Accessing Basic Services 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07-16)
    Literature shows that IDPs struggle to access services, which has an impact on their ability to live healthy and fulfilling lives. In the field of health, IDPs frequently have worse outcomes than both host community and ...
  • Private Sector Development Finance to Support the ‘Missing Middle’ 

    Lenhardt, Amanda (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-20)
    Evidence indicates that business support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in lower middle-income countries (LMICs) can improve firms’ performance, create jobs, and have a positive effect on labour productivity (Piza ...
  • Reading Pack: Tackling the Global Water Crisis: The Role of Water Footprints and Water Stewardship 

    Hepworth, Nick (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08)
    The K4D professional development Reading Packs provide thought-provoking introductions by international experts and highlight the emerging issues and debates within them. They aim to help inform policies that are more ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.17 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08-10)
    This is the 17th 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. ...
  • Environmental Challenges of Digital Transformation in Developing Countries 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07-19)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature on the environmental risks of four different aspects of digital transformation in developing countries: ICT adoption, digitally-enabled energy efficiency, ride-hailing apps, and ...
  • Guidance Note on Supporting a Demographic Transition in SSA 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07)
    This guidance note is about how donors, can support a demographic transition in sub- Saharan Africa. The demographic transition is the evolution from high to low mortality and fertility rates, with associated changes in ...
  • Attitudes to Water Usage in Jordan 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07-12)
    The author undertakes a literature review of attitudes to water usage in Jordan. One survey was identified which assessed attitudes towards water conservation, sampling 2000 residents in three regions in Jordan (Irbid, ...
  • Interventions to Address Discrimination against LGBTQi Persons 

    Ismail, Zenobia; Lesinko, Topua (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-03)
    This annotated bibliography synthesises evidence on interventions to limit discrimination and abuse against people who are LGBTQi. In general, development agencies have strong commitments to LGBTQi rights in their strategy ...
  • Mainstreaming Institutional Resilience and Systems Strengthening in Donor Policies and Programming 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-17)
    This rapid review synthesises evidence on key aspects of mainstreaming institutional resilience and systems strengthening in donor policies and programming in FCAS (Fragile and Conflict-affect States) contexts, particularly ...
  • Donor Support for the Human Rights of LGBT+ 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-14)
    This rapid review synthesises evidence on the bilateral and multilateral donors promoting and protecting the human rights of LGBT+ people on a global scale. It focusses on those donors that have policies, implementation ...
  • Documentation of Survivors of Gender-based Violence (GBV) 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07-16)
    This review is largely based on grey literature, in particular policy documents and reports by international development organizations. While there was substantial literature on approaches and principles to GBV documentation, ...
  • Increasing Birth Registration for Children of Marginalised Groups in Pakistan 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07-16)
    This review looks at approaches to promote birth registration among marginalised groups, in order to inform programming in Pakistan. It draws on a mixture of academic and grey literature, in particular reports by international ...
  • Maintaining Basic State Functions and Service Delivery During Escalating Crises 

    Herbert, Siân (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05-17)
    This rapid literature review explores how to maintain essential state functions and basic service delivery during escalating conflict situations. It draws on literature and ideas from various overlapping agendas including ...
  • Nature-based Solutions (NbS) – What are They and What are the Barriers and Enablers to Their Use? 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05-05)
    This rapid review examines literature around Nature-based Solutions (NbS), what are NbS, the pros and cons of NbS, design and implementation issues (including governance, indigenous knowledge), finance and the enabling ...
  • Social Inequalities and Famine and Severe Food Insecurity Risk 

    Carter, Becky; Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-30)
    This rapid review summarises the evidence on the ways in which social inequalities and discrimination affect the risk of famine or severe food insecurity. Looking at the risk at the national and sub-national level, gender ...
  • Characteristics of Global Health Diplomacy 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-18)
    This rapid review focuses on Global Health Diplomacy and defines it as a method of interaction between the different stakeholders of the public health sector in a bid to promote representation, cooperation, promotion of ...
  • Inclusion of Marginalised Groups in Sensitive Programming in Pakistan 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-14)
    This rapid review focuses on the different variations of discrimination against marginalized groups, with a focus on the effect of intersecting and overlapping inequalities and the different experiences and outcomes they ...

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