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Evert-jan Quak

Research Officer

Evert-jan joined IDS in 2018. He is a researcher with an interest in development economics, in particular around value chain development, international trade and investments, and private sector development. He works in the K4D programme, supporting learning and the use of evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes for FCDO. He is part of Business, Markets and the State Cluster, which investigates how and under what conditions businesses and market systems enable or constrain pathways for positive development, and the role of the state in these processes.

As part of the K4D team, he helps time-pressured decision-makers working in development better understand, interpret and apply evidence, providing rapid reviews of available evidence. Part of the K4D programme, he works as lead researcher for FCDO Learning Journeys, such as on Changing Food Systems and Supporting a Demographic Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within BMAS he was involved in research on meaningful participation for economic advancement, and research on the impact of private sector development interventions on youth employment.

Evert-jan previously worked as a knowledge broker for the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and The Broker in the Netherlands. He has a broad experience in the development sector, working as a journalist, policy advisor and researcher. He is the author of the book ‘Het Onzichtbare Label’ (Dutch – The Invisible Label, KIT Publishers, 2009), which is a personal search to understand the complexity of international value chains. He has an MSc in International Economics & Economic Geography from the University of Utrecht.



Conceptualisation of Earmarked Taxes to Support Food Fortification

Food fortification is one of the most rapid, cost-effective, scalable and evidence-based impactful strategies to reach hundreds of millions to combat micronutrient malnutrition, when delivered as intended (Horton, 2006, Keats et al., 2019; Mbuya et al., 2020; Saha et al, 2021). However, the...


K4D Prosperity Fund COVID-19 Evidence and Learning Initiative

This Evidence and Learning Initiative was a cooperation with the Prosperity Fund (PF). It helped to ensure that in the current context of COVID-19, changes to the existing PF portfolio (and investments in new ones) are informed by and contribute to the evidence base on how the pandemic is...



Can inclusive trade policy tackle multiple global challenges?

International trade contributes to economic growth and development, not just through flows of goods and services, but also in connecting different people and cultures. Yet, as the world faces multiple and interrelated global challenges, international trade is often heavily attributed. As the...

Amrita Saha
Amrita Saha & 2 others

23 June 2022



Pathways to Impact in the Pandemic

Covid Collective Helpdesk Report 10

This report is based on an analysis of 90 research projects supported by the Covid Collective, COVID CIRCLE, and Covid Response for Equity (CORE) initiatives. It provides an overview and insight into how different funders and initiatives were working to facilitate change in the context of the...

Joe Taylor
Joe Taylor & 3 others

14 September 2022

Evert-jan Quak’s recent work