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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  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.15 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-08)
    This is the 15th 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. ...
  • Overview of Political Economy Analysis Frameworks in the Area of Climate Governance and Key Issues to Consider 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-06-21)
    Despite global recognition of the urgency of climate action and the need to transition to a low-carbon economy, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and adaptation needs remain urgent. For a number of years, there ...
  • Lessons for FCDO Climate Change Programming in East Africa 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05-05)
    This rapid review synthesises evidence on FCDO climate projects across the East African region in the following countries; Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. This review established that sector stakeholders in countries ...
  • Protecting and Promoting Systems for Essential Health Services During Rollout of COVID-19 Tools 

    Millington, Kerry A. (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05-18)
    Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous negative impact on economies of most countries around the world. COVID-19 has disrupted the ability of health systems to deliver on essential health services and has ...
  • Access to Climate Finance by Women and Marginalised Groups in the Global South 

    Price, Roz (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05-18)
    This paper examines the issue of management of climate finance in the Global South. It acknowledges the efforts made by the various stakeholders so far but seeks to advance a clarion call for a more inclusive and targeted ...
  • How Can Middle-income Countries Improve Their Skills Systems Post- COVID-19? 

    Herbert, George (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-23)
    Vocational training systems in middle-income countries are going to face multiple challenges in the post-COVID era, notably, challenges related to (1) automation; (2) the transition to a green economy, and (3) demographic ...
  • Scalability of Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Interventions: Moving Toward Wider Socio-political Change 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-05)
    Literature focusing on the aftermath of conflict in the Western Balkans, notes that many people remain focused on stereotypes and prejudices between different ethnic groups stoking fear of a return to conflict. This rapid ...
  • Covid-19 Impact on Employment and Skills for the Labour Market 

    Enfield, Sue (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02)
    This literature review draws from academic and grey literature, published largely as institutional reports and blogs. Most information found considered global impacts on employment and the labour market with the particular ...
  • Inclusion in Crisis Response, Recovery and Resilience 

    Carter, Becky (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05-14)
    This rapid review provides examples of what has worked to include people in humanitarian assistance who experience heightened vulnerability during crises, due to social inequalities and discrimination relating to gender, ...
  • Climate Change and Air Pollution 

    Akasha, Heba; Ghaffarpasand, Omid; Pope, Francis (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01)
    This rapid literature review explores the interactions between climate change and air pollution, with a focus on human health impacts. In particular, the report explores potential synergies in tackling climate change and ...
  • Strengthening Gender Equality in Decision-making in Somaliland 

    Carter, Becky (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-04)
    This rapid review searched for literature on how and why women continue to struggle in Somaliland to achieve formal political representation and to take on informal decision-making roles on local peace and political matters, ...
  • Women’s and Girls’ Experiences of Security and Justice in Somaliland 

    Carter, Becky (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-03)
    This rapid review seeks to provide an overview of the publicly available literature from the academic, donor, and non-government organisation sources on women’s and girls’ experiences of statutory and customary security ...
  • COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary No.122 

    Piotrowski, Helen (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05-10)
    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, Global Value Chains, and the Impact on Gender: Evidence from the Garment and Electronics Sectors in Asia 

    MacDonald, Keir (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05)
    This report analyses the impact of COVID-19 on women in the global garment and electronics value chains, with a focus on women working in production in Asia. Building on a previous K4D assessment of COVID-19 and its ...
  • The Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Colombia 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-26)
    Available data provide a picture for the macro-economy of Colombia, agriculture, and infrastructure. Recent data on trends on public procurement were difficult to find within the scope of this rapid review. In 2020, ...
  • Potential Private Sector Involvement in Supporting Refugee Livelihoods and Self-reliance in Uganda: Annotated Bibliography 

    Strachan, Anna Louise (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-31)
    There is some evidence of the private sector playing a role in supporting refugee livelihoods and self-reliance in Uganda during the period 2016-2020. However, a number of evaluations and research reports highlight the ...
  • Tax Transparency for an Effective Tax System 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2021-01-08)
    This rapid review examines evidence on the transparency in the tax system and its benefits; e.g. rising revenue, strengthen citizen/state relationship, and rule of law. Improvements in tax transparency can help in strengthening ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.14 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-05)
    This is the 14th 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. ...
  • Promoting Gender Equality in the Eastern Neighbourhood Region 

    Enfield, Sue (IDS, 2021-03-10)
    This helpdesk report synthesises evidence on the drivers and opportunities for promoting gender equality in the Eastern Neighbourhood region. Although equality between women and men is enshrined in the constitutions and ...
  • Gender Inequalities in the Eastern Neighbourhood Region 

    Carter, Becky (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-10)
    This rapid review examines evidence on the structural causes and drivers of gender inequalities in the Eastern Neighbourhood region and how these gender inequalities contribute to instability in the region. While the Eastern ...

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