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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  • The Informal Sector and COVID-19 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-30)
    The vast majority of informal economy workers in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region are faced with occupational health and safety risks – even in normal times. COVID-19 only adds to these challenges. Nevertheless, informal ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.98 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-10-19)
    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 ...
  • Projections of Demand and Estimates of Global Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Equipment 

    Richards, Robin (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-07)
    This report focusses on the global supply and demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes current production of PPE and projections of demand over the next few years. Findings ...
  • Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary No.22 

    Herbert, Siân (IDS, 2020-10-16)
    This weekly 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 Covid-19 ...
  • Humanitarian evidence summary No.7 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-10-08)
    This is the 7th 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. ...
  • Digital payments and electronic clearing systems 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07)
    This rapid review was looking for experience and lessons for establishing digital payment systems where there are weak banking systems, and particularly areas affected by conflict. The main findings are: considerations ...
  • Establishing Mobile Money Systems 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-15)
    Establishment of a mobile money platform requires initial investment which grows slowly at first, then requires critical mass for it to take off. The case study of M-Pesa in Kenya is described in Section 2, largely touted ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.97 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-10-12)
    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 ...
  • Barriers to Women and Girls’ Participation in Electoral Processes in Ethiopia and Policy Responses 

    Richards, Robin (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-10-05)
    This report focuses on the main barriers to women and girls’ meaningful participation in electoral processes and evidence of what works to overcome these. The report also considers the role of various other elevated risk ...
  • Gender and the Media in the Western Balkans 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-18)
    This rapid literature review explores the role that media in the Western Balkans plays in issues of gender (in)equality. After the liberalisation of gender norms during the Yugoslav period (1945–1991), the Wars of Succession ...
  • Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary No.21 

    Herbert, Siân (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-10-09)
    This weekly 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 Covid-19 ...
  • Monitoring Air Quality in Low- Income and Lower Middle-Income Countries 

    Avis, William; Bartington, Suzanne (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-03-16)
    Air pollution is a global environmental health threat, contributing to an estimated 3-7 million deaths per year. This rapid literature review surveys academic and grey literature on air quality monitoring in low-income ...
  • Interventions in LICs and LMICs to Improve Air Quality and/or Mitigate its Impacts 

    Avis, William; Bartington, Suzanne (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-03-23)
    This rapid literature review summarises evidence on air quality interventions in LICs and LMICs to improve air quality and/or mitigate its impacts. The review found limited evidence derived from such countries and instead ...
  • Prevalence of Health Impacts Related to Exposure to Poor Air Quality Among Children in Low and Lower Middle-Income Countries 

    Bartington, Suzanne; Avis, William (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-03-16)
    This rapid review provides an assessment of the contemporary health impacts arising from household and ambient air pollution exposure in low income (LIC) and lower middle-income countries (LMICs), with a specific focus ...
  • The Build Back Better Agenda and COVID-19 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-20)
    The phrase ‘build back better’ (BBB) emerged from natural disaster recovery following the 2004 SE Asia Tsunami and the 2005 Pakistan earthquake. This rapid review focuses on a small number of multilateral and regional ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.96 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-10-05)
    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 ...
  • Bail Conditions in the Criminal Justice Systems in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-08-07)
    This rapid literature review finds evidence of varied bail conditions in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The African Charter, which all the states have ratified, supports the right to bail, as do other international ...
  • Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary No.20 

    Herbert, Siân (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-10-02)
    This weekly 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 Covid-19 ...
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Future of Global Value Chains (GVCs) 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-14)
    The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the importance of a better understanding of GVCs in relation to epidemic outbreaks. The literature also mentions that there is now an opportunity for building inclusive and sustainable GVCs. ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.95 

    Millington, Kerry; Reddin, Samantha (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-28)
    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 ...

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