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

  • The Contribution of Informal Trade for Food Security in Developing Economies 

    Tull, Kerina (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-12)
    This rapid review will provide additional understanding on the importance of informal trade in food security. Additional data on regional food movement in sub-Saharan Africa, and remittance trends is explored by request. ...
  • Impact of Social Inequalities and Discrimination on Vulnerability to Crises 

    Carter, Becky (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-04-13)
    This rapid literature review summarises the key evidence on the impact of social inequalities and discrimination on vulnerability to crises. The review focuses on inequalities among groups in society arising from the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Urban Flood Risks, Impacts, and Management in Nigeria 

    Lucas, Brian (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-25)
    This summary reviews evidence on the urban flooding impact, risk factors, and management and mitigation measures in Lagos and other cities in Nigeria. Flooding is a common problem every year in many cities across Nigeria, ...
  • The Size and Growth Potential of the Digital Economy in ODA-eligible Countries 

    Herbert, George; Loudon, Lucas (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-12-01)
    This rapid review synthesises evidence on the current size of the digital market, the countries promoting development of digital business and their approach through Trade Policies or Incentive Frameworks, and the current ...
  • Threats to Civilian Aviation Since 1975 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-05)
    This literature review finds that the main malicious threats to civilian aviation since 1975 are attacks by terrorist groups, deliberate or accidental damage arising from conflicts, and incidents caused by people who work ...
  • Humanitarian Evidence Summary No.11 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-02-08)
    This is the 11th 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. ...
  • The Effect of Non-partisan Elections and Decentralisation on Local Government Performance 

    Richards, Robin (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-27)
    This rapid review focusses on whether there is international evidence on the role of non-partisan elections as a form of decentralised local government that improves performance of local government. The review provides ...
  • The Link Between Demography and Labour Markets in sub-Saharan Africa 

    Quak, Evert-jan (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01-20)
    This rapid review synthesises the literature from academic, policy, and knowledge institution sources on how demography affects labour markets (e.g. entrants, including youth and women) and labour market outcomes (e.g. ...
  • Trends in Conflict and Stability in the Indo-Pacific 

    Idris, Iffat (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-01)
    This report looks at trends in conflict and instability in the Indo-Pacific region, focusing on climate change effects and a number of civil liberties. The Indo-Pacific region is both highly vulnerable to the effects of ...

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