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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  • Alternative Systems for Managing Financial Transactions in Humanitarian Crises 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-13)
    Restrictions on the banking sector are having a growing adverse impact on the flow of funds to humanitarian agencies and assisting communities affected by humanitarian crises has also become much more difficult and ...
  • Digital Service Taxes and Their Application 

    Kelbesa, Megersa (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-15)
    Many developing economies have seen a rise in e-commerce activity within their borders, and a decline in income from traditional industries as a result of COVID-19, meaning the digital economy offers a potentially unexploited ...
  • Lessons Learned from Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Programmes that Operate in Fragile or Conflict Affected Settings 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-10-09)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature on how community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programmes could be adapted in settings of conflict and fragility. It identifies multiple factors affecting the ...
  • The Drivers of Acute Food Insecurity and the Risk of Famine 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-11-09)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on the drivers of acute food insecurity and famines with a focus on key FCDO-partner countries. This review builds further ...
  • Drivers of Compliance with International Human Rights Treaties 

    Hicks, Jacqueline (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08-25)
    Are international human rights treaties associated with better rights performance? The appetite for a conclusive answer has driven a number of large scale quantitative studies that have broadly shown little or no effect, ...
  • Effectiveness of Sustainable Marine Economy Interventions 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-07-29)
    Large development intervention programmes termed ‘marine economy’ or ‘blue economy’ are in their early stages and do not yet have results on effectiveness. Reports on the effectiveness of activities which could be considered ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.20 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-11-08)
    This is the 20th 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. ...
  • Armed Group Transition from Rebel to Government 

    Avis, William (2021-10-18)
    Governments and political parties with an armed history are not unusual, yet how these groups function during and after the transition from conflict has largely been ignored by the existing literature. Many former armed ...
  • Financial Inclusion in a Refugee Response 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08-18)
    The growing scope, frequency, and complexity of forced displacement, both inside and outside of countries, has pushed donors and other development groups to rethink their approaches to humanitarian crises, particularly on ...
  • Approaches to Youth Violence in Jordan 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-11-13)
    Youth violence, particularly targeting the state as well as engagement in violent extremism, has been a persistent feature in Jordan over the past decade. There are numerous factors driving this: economic, political and ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.19 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-10-13)
    This is the 19th 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. ...
  • Lessons Learnt from Humanitarian Negotiations with the Taliban, 1996-2001 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-09-17)
    This rapid literature review finds that humanitarian actors responded in a variety of ways to Taliban actions limiting principled aid in the country during the period of their rule (1996-2001). The report is focused on the ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.18 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-09-14)
    This is the 18th 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. ...
  • Evidence on the Advantages of Low Carbon Growth in Jordan 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-08-06)
    There has been a considerable amount of research generally into the benefits associated with low carbon development, showing that it can be synergistic with development priorities – such as job creation, improved public ...
  • 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 ...

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