Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) in 2021

Published on 17 January 2022

2021 was a standout year for the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D). In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, cuts to Overseas Development Aid, and other challenges, K4D published its 1,000th Helpdesk Report, facilitated its 40th Learning Journey, received 237,600 resource downloads and continued to provide robust evidence and learning to Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), its partners and the development sector as a whole.

Below are the highlights of K4D’s impact in 2021. You can also use ‘#K4Din2021’ on Twitter to follow the conversation.


Read our overview of how K4D has provided evidence and learning through uncertain times in 2021.

Outgoing Research and Learning Programme Manager, Paul Knipe, shares his reflections on K4D’s impact over the years. Read his thoughts here.


Watch our short videos that capture highlights and reflections from  K4D’s management team, researchers and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.


Illustration from the K4D programme showing the top highlights from 2021

10 May: Final COVID-19 Evidence Summary piblished; 14 May: 1,000th Helpdesk Report Published; 6 July: 40th learning Journey held; 1 September: K4D extended for another year; 5 November: K4D supports Water Witness on the signing of a declaration at COP26; 15 November: Helpdesk report 543 cited in South African news article

Map showing downloads per country; UK and US are top countries

Covid, evidence, Africa, Conflict, Economy, humanitarian, development, gender, climate, water, Nigeria, education, women, inclusion, governance, labour, food, Pakistan, political, Kenya, informal, extremism, interventions, tax, Asia, health

See our infographics on the top reports per region:

See also our thematic infographics, illustrating K4D’s impact relating to Covid-19, humanitarian issues, and water security.

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Ben O’Donovan-Iland

Communications and Impact Officer




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