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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  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.119 

    Piotrowski, Helen (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-12)
    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 ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.13 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-31)
    This is the 13th 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. ...
  • Impacts of Trade Facilitation on Carbon Emissions 

    Lucas, Brian (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-05)
    There is very little evidence that trade facilitation measures have a significant impact on carbon emissions, except in the case of trucks at land border crossings, where there is good evidence that trade facilitation can ...
  • Education, Girls’ Education and Climate Change 

    Sims, Kate (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03)
    This Emerging Issue Report (EIR) explores research and evidence on the relationship between education, girls’ education and climate change. There is scientific consensus that climate change is real, manifested through ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.118 

    Piotrowski, Helen (IDS, 2021-03-29)
    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 Health Evidence Summary No.117 

    Millington, Kerry (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-22)
    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 ...
  • Trade Facilitation for Environmental Goods and Services 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-02)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on how reform in customs procedures can facilitate international trade in environmental goods and services. Overall, it ...
  • Gender and Tax: Programming and Evidence 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-15)
    Generally, policymakers and tax analysts (as well as donors concerned about gender equity) have not made proper consideration about how tax policies and tax reforms can interact with gendered cultural norms in developing ...
  • COVID-19, Governance, and Conflict: Emerging Impacts and Future Evidence Needs 

    Herbert, Siân; Marquette, Heather (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03)
    This paper reviews emerging evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on governance and conflict, using a “governance and conflict first” approach in contrast to other research and synthesis on COVID-19 in the social sciences ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.116 

    Millington, Kerry (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-15)
    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 ...
  • Defining and Measuring Diplomatic Influence 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-04)
    This review found no sources of straightforward indicators for use in measuring diplomatic influence. The literature and evaluations found to recommend the use of tailor-made evaluations to account for “differences in ...
  • Water in Sustainable Agriculture Standards 

    Cooper, Rachel (IDS, 2021-01-13)
    This review synthesises evidence on water in sustainable agriculture standards. Sustainable agricultural standards, hereafter standards, is a broad term encompassing certification schemes, tools, and programmes. The ...
  • Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-22)
    Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is a fundamental human right. However, the general global trend in recent years is towards increased FoRB violations by both government and non-government actors. Notable exceptions are ...
  • Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans: Approaches, Impacts and Challenges 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-25)
    Countries in the Western Balkans have engaged in various transitional justice and reconciliation initiatives to address the legacy of the wars of the 1990s and the deep political and societal divisions that persist. There ...
  • Economic Impact of Local Vaccine Manufacturing 

    Tull, Kerina (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-23)
    Over a period of time, a tier of mostly middle-income developing countries has developed a considerable pharmaceutical and vaccine production capacity. However, outcomes have not always been positive for domestic manufacturers ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.12 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-08)
    This is the 12th 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.115 

    Millington, Kerry (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-08)
    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 ...
  • Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary No.30 

    Herbert, Sian (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-26)
    This fortnightly Covid-19 (C19), 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 ...
  • Review of National Social Protection Strategies 

    Orrnert, Anna (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-03)
    This helpdesk report reviews ten national social protection strategies (published between 2011-2019) in order to map their content, scope, development processes and measures of success. Each strategy was strongly shaped ...
  • Social Inclusion and Immunisation 

    Tull, Kerina (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-03)
    The current COVID-19 epidemic is both a health and societal issue; therefore, groups historically excluded and marginalised in terms of healthcare will suffer if COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments are to be delivered ...

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