Past Event

Evidence for action in turbulent times

21 September 2022 14:00–17:30

How can development organisations think differently about knowledge and learning in times of complexity, crisis and conflict?

Crisis and complexity define the current political, social, and economic landscape. What role does evidence play in helping us navigate these turbulent times? In this event hosted by the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) Programme, leading international development experts, practitioners and policymakers will unpack the importance of rapid, reliable, and agile evidence in decision-making.

Join the K4D Programme and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for an exciting event that will celebrate K4D’s important and impactful work while looking to the future of how knowledge institutions and development agencies can collaborate to optimise the impact of development investments.


  • Keynote speaker: Adil Najam, Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
  • Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Senior Research Scientist, Makerere University, College of Health Sciences
  • Eliya Zulu, Executive Director and Founder of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
  • Chris Lewis, Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, Head of Expertise & Science Advice, FCDO
  • Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies
  • Moderator: Jim Woodhill, K4D Director

Event Details

  • When: 21 September 2022, 14:00 – 17:30 (UK time)

  • Where: One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ (Limited online tickets available for those based outside London)

  • Book your ticket on Eventbrite

About K4D

The event draws on the six years’ experience of the K4D Programme. K4D has contributed to the global knowledge base and supported the organisational learning of FCDO and its partners. It has delivered over 1,200 rapid evidence reviews and facilitated 45 learning journeys backed up by nearly 300 knowledge products. This demand led knowledge support has focused on how external evidence and the knowledge and insights of FCDO staff and partners can be integrated to enhance the impact of development investments.

The K4D model has been supporting FCDO’s knowledge needs, and fostering evidence-informed dialogue on critical development issues. Increased global turbulence and crises, from the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and multiple conflicts, create a context where decisions must be made quickly. Tackling these issues is challenging if there is little or no experience to draw from. This calls for agile, robust, and innovative knowledge, evidence, and learning.

Some examples of K4D resources.

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