K4D supports learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. The programme is designed to assist DFID 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

  • Drivers and barriers to environmental engagement in the MENA region 

    Orrnert, Anna (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06-30)
    Environmental engagement in the MENA region is a relatively new field of research. However, environmental activism has been intensifying in the region during the past few decades. This review examines the evidence from 7 ...
  • War Economy in North East Nigeria 

    Avis, William (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-01-14)
    This rapid literature review collates academic and grey literature pertaining to the war economy in North-East Nigeria. The conflict with Boko Haram provides an opportunity to interrogate long-standing theoretical assumptions ...
  • The Political Economy of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa 

    Walsh, Alex; Boys, Julian (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06-30)
    This rapid review synthesises the academic and policy literature on the political economy of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform in ten selected countries in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, namely Jordan, ...
  • Predictive analytics in humanitarian action: a preliminary mapping and analysis 

    Hernandez, Kevin; Roberts, Tony (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06)
    This rapid review research provides the most comprehensive mapping and analysis of predictive analytic initiatives in humanitarian aid to date. It documents 49 projects including a variety of novel applications (see Appendix ...
  • Gender and Tax Policies in the Global South 

    Joshi, Anuradha; Kangave, Jalia; van den Boogaard, Vanessa (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-05-26)
    There is a limited, but growing body of literature on the gender effects of taxation. Most of the studies are from the global north and relate to details of direct personal income tax policies and indirect taxes with a ...
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Child Labour in South Asia 

    Idris, Iffat (IDS, 2020-06-08)
    This helpdesk report examines the impacts of Covid-19 on child labour in South Asia. South Asia already has among the highest prevalence of child labour in the world, with an estimated 16.7 million (5-17 year-old) children ...
  • Evidence of Successful Interventions and Policies to Achieve a Demographic Transition in sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Malawi 

    Quak, Evert-jan; Tull, Kerina (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06)
    This literature review is part of the DFID–K4D Learning Journey on Supporting a Demographic Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa. The review’s focus is on the available evidence that can explain the success of new champion ...
  • Nature-based Solutions and Water Security 

    Cooper, Rachel (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06-11)
    This helpdesk report highlights some of the best practice examples of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for water security and examines the implementation challenges and lessons learned. NbS is an umbrella term for a range of ...
  • What Role have Joint Commissions Played in Facilitating Refugee Returns as Part of Peace Processes? 

    Browne, Evie (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06-08)
    Joint commissions have often been central to facilitating refugee returns, although they are not always integrated into peace processes. This report reviews the literature on the role played by joint commissions in ...
  • Health Programmes and Peacebuilding in FCAS 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2020-06-03)
    This helpdesk report examines how health programmes can build stability and promote peacebuilding. It finds that the evidence remains weak either way on the possible contributions and linkages (both positive and negative) ...
  • Faith-based Organisations and Current Development Debates 

    Cooper, Rachel (IDS, 2019-06-17)
    This report provides a brief synthesis of the role of faith-based organisations in civil society. Faith-based organisations (FBOs) became more prominent in donor agendas, international development and academic research in ...
  • Lessons for Health Programme Delivery in Fragile and Conflict-affected States 

    Bolton, Laura (IDS, 2020-06-08)
    This helpdesk report reviews the lessons learned from the delivery of health programmes in a conflict-sensitive way. Recommendations on conflict sensitivity and health programming identified in this review include: ...
  • Developing More Inclusive Politics Through Sub-national Electoral Processes 

    Avis, William Robert (IDS, 2019-12-13)
    This helpdesk report provides an overview of lessons on developing more inclusive politics through sub-national electoral processes. The report notes that support to sub-national electoral processes is often embedded within ...
  • Evidence from Interventions to Improve the Economic Self-Sufficiency of Refugee Women 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2020-02-03)
    This helpdesk report details some of the notable labour market integration and entrepreneurship programmes implemented to improve the economic self-sufficiency of refugee women in the UK and other wealthy countries. On ...
  • Improving Mental Health among Refugee Women 

    Enfield, Sue (IDS, 2020-01-21)
    This report reviews the evidence that offering specific interventions (over and above mental health services provided through a national health system) can improve the mental health and wellbeing of refugee women. This ...
  • Conflict Analysis of Bangladesh 

    Herbert, Siân (IDS, 2019-05-13)
    This helpdesk report examines the root causes and dynamics of conflict and (in)stability in Bangladesh. The report finds that Bangladesh has a violent political culture, and has experienced widespread political violence, ...
  • Cost-effectiveness in Humanitarian Outcomes and Development in Fragile and Conflict-affected States: An Update of Helpdesk Reports 457– 462 

    Price, Roz (IDS, 2020-04-07)
    This report provides an update to a set of previous helpdesk reports by the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D) produced between September and October 2018 which reviewed the cost-effectiveness ...
  • Cost-Effectiveness in Humanitarian Outcomes: Logistics 

    Tull, Kerina (IDS, 2020-04-08)
    This helpdesk report examines the cost-effectiveness of new logistic techniques and processes in humanitarian settings. Maintaining supply chains is crucial in responding effectively to humanitarian crises. Logistics ...
  • The Use of Data for Cost-effectively Improving Humanitarian Outcomes 

    Bolton, Laura (IDS, 2020-03-31)
    This report uses annotated bibliography to examine the evidence that the use of data in humanitarian work is cost-effectively improving humanitarian outcomes across DFID humanitarian policy priorities. This review was not ...
  • Accountability to Affected Populations and Cost-Effectiveness in Humanitarian Outcomes 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (IDS, 2020-04-21)
    Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) seeks to ensure that the rights, dignity, perspectives and security of all groups of an affected population are protected, and that gender, age, disability and diversity identify ...

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