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


Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Contentious Politics of Tunisia’s Natural Resource Management and the Prospects of the Renewable Energy Transition 

    Walsh, Alex (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-15)
    For many decades in Tunisia, there has been a robust link between natural resource management and contentious national and local politics. These disputes manifest in the form of protests, sit-ins, the disruption of production ...
  • Lessons Learned on Cultural Heritage Protection in Conflict and Protracted Crisis 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-27)
    This rapid review examines evidence on the lessons learned from initiatives aimed at embedding better understanding of cultural heritage protection within international monitoring, reporting and response efforts in conflict ...
  • LGBT Rights and Inclusion in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-25)
    This review looks at the extent to which LGBT rights are provided for under law in a range of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the record on implementation/enforcement, as well as approaches to promote LGBT rights ...
  • Using Indices to Capture Vulnerability for Development Finance in SIDS 

    Knowledge for Development Programme (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-19)
    This rapid review examines evidence on indices to capture vulnerability for development finance in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A key issue when it comes to aid allocation to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) ...
  • Donor Support to Electoral Cycles 

    Herbert, Siân (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-24)
    This rapid literature review explains the stages of an election cycle, and how donors provide support to electoral cycles. It draws mainly on policy guidance websites and papers due to the questions of this review and the ...
  • Mediation and Peacebuilding in Tunisia: Actors and Practice 

    Walsh, Alex; Ben Hassine, Hamza (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-08)
    This Helpdesk Report is part mapping of the mediation and peacebuilding actors in Tunisia and part review of the available literature. There are a host of governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are ...

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