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

  • Programmes to Develop and Grow Value Chains: Evidence from Egypt and Other Developing Countries 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-04)
    Changes in business relationships resulting from interventions and programming of Value Chain Development are likely to produce significant benefits both for participants in a specific value chain – as well as for the ...
  • Organised Crime in Healthcare Systems 

    Enfield, Sue (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06-18)
    Crime and malpractice within healthcare systems take many forms, from front line corruption such as demanding cash payment for appointments or consultations, through to large scale misuse or misappropriation of funds in ...
  • Barriers to Preventing Deforestation and Degradation of Indonesia’s Tropical Rainforests and Peatlands 

    Lenhardt, Amanda (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-13)
    Indonesia has undertaken a range of measures to address the country’s high rates of deforestation and land degradation, but significant barriers remain to meeting the targets set out by these measures and by international ...
  • Risk of Capital Flight Due to a Better Uunderstanding of Climate Change 

    Cooper, Rachel (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-01-17)
    The physical risks of climate change, including both gradual global warming and an increase in extreme weather events are likely to cause increasing financial and economic losses. This helpdesk report examines the evidence ...
  • The Costs of Climate Change Adaptation in Middle-income Countries 

    Lenhardt, Amanda (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-07)
    While potential costs and tracked spending on adaptation to climate change in middle-income countries (MICs) are difficult to measure, there is wide agreement that current spending on adaption is highly inadequate. This ...
  • National and Local Factors in Just Transitions for Low- and Middle-income Countries 

    Lenhardt, Amanda (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-08-25)
    Transitions away from fossil fuels and other carbon-intensive industries involve a range of dynamic social, political, economic, and environmental factors at international, national, regional and local levels. Many national ...
  • Barriers to Family Planning in Iraq and KRI 

    Tull, Kerina (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-28)
    This rapid review examines evidence on the barriers to access to family planning (FP) across Iraq (including Kurdistan Region of Iraq/ KRI). It focuses on the reported social and cultural barriers, as well as logistical ...
  • Water Finance and Nature-based solutions 

    Cooper, Rachel; Matthews, John H. (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-08-21)
    This rapid review synthesises evidence on the innovations for water finance that could be applied to mainstream and expand Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in developing countries. This review also highlights some obstacles, ...
  • Addressing Societal Divisions in Post-conflict City Settings 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-08-17)
    Cities are often theorised as having great potential to transcend societal divides and foster coexistence, with diverse populations mixing in everyday life. The post-war city may, however, be contested by ethno-nationalist ...
  • Narratives, Ethnicity and Post-conflict Divisions in Mostar 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-31)
    Often described and nostalgically remembered as one of the most ‘mixed’ cities of the former-Yugoslavia, Mostar became an ethnically ‘divided city’ as a result of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war - formally partitioned in order ...
  • Evidence on Resilience Approaches in Fragile and Conflict-affected States and Protracted Crises 

    Kelly, Luke (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-17)
    This rapid literature review explores lessons on resilience programming in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) and protracted crises. Lessons on the feasibility of programming shows that: programming needs to be ...
  • Frameworks for Mutual Accountability and Enhanced Policy Dialogue 

    Birch, Izzy (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-08-03)
    This rapid review synthesises evidence on frameworks for mutual accountability and enhanced policy dialogue processes between donors and recipient governments by exploring the processes, products and governance mechanisms ...
  • Key Drivers of Modern Slavery 

    Avis, William (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-16)
    This rapid literature review provides evidence on key drivers of modern slavery. It draws on a mixture of academic and grey literature from multinational and bilateral institutions as well as non-government organisations ...
  • Lessons Learned from the Outcomes and Delivery of Girls’ Clubs in Educational Programmes 

    Page, Ella (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-08-07)
    This helpdesk provides a rapid review of the evidence on the outcomes and delivery of girls’ clubs in educational programmes. The review found some evidence of girls’ clubs specific programmes in school settings having ...
  • Enablers and Barriers to the Successful Delivery of Accelerated Learning Programmes 

    Fitzpatrick, Rachael (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-08-07)
    This review identified enablers and barriers to the successful delivery of accelerated learning programmes and complementary education. The policy environment is identified as being an overarching factor that can behave ...
  • Effects of political economy on development in Cote d’Ivoire 

    Combaz, Emilie (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-06)
    Cote d’Ivoire presents a paradoxical picture on development: it ranks as a lower-middle income country and has had strong economic growth, yet it ranks low by human development – lower than countries with similar levels ...
  • Conflict Analysis of North Eastern Kenya 

    Haider, Huma (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07)
    This Emerging Issues report highlights research and emerging evidence to policy-makers to help inform policies that are more resilient to the future. It provides comprehensive conflict analysis of North Eastern Kenya by ...
  • Marine biodiversity and livelihoods. Minimising barriers and enabling benefits 

    Plagerson, Sophie (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-08)
    Typical enablers of the benefits of biodiversity are spatial planning, stakeholder participation, access to markets and access to technology. Some enablers can also act as barriers, for example access to technology. Barriers ...
  • Marine Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation 

    Plagerson, Sophie (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-07-01)
    The scope of the relationship between marine biodiversity and poverty is very significant. The relationship between marine biodiversity and poverty is complex, context-specific and dynamic. Poverty (or factors associated ...
  • The Diplomatic Impacts of Most Favoured Nation Tariff Changes by Major Economies 

    Megersa, Kelbesa (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-06-10)
    Developed countries have long given non-reciprocal (unilateral) trade preferences to the various developing countries. Preference erosion (i.e. the trade losses arising from liberalisation in other countries) is a major ...

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