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Paul Knipe

Research and Learning Programme Manager

Paul has more than 10 years of experience working with international donors, governments, ethnic groups and civil society in advisory, management and leadership roles.

This includes the design, delivery and evaluation of complex, multi-stakeholder projects in fields of evidence into policy, rural livelihoods, civil society strengthening, area-based development planning, and constitutional and human rights reform. His work has often been in fragile and conflict affected areas and incorporates participatory approaches. His geographic areas of focus are UK, South Asia and South East Asia. Paul lived and worked in Sri Lanka and Myanmar for several years.

Paul currently manages the Knowledge for Development Programme (K4D). K4D supports the use of learning and evidence to improve the impact of development policy and programmes. It is funded by UK AID and is designed to assist the Department for International Development (DFID) and other partners to be innovative and responsive to rapidly changing and complex development challenges. For more information visit www.ids.ac.uk/k4d.

Research

Project

K4D Learning Journey on Tax and Gender

K4D provides the UK Department for International Development with facilitated learning activities to explore and respond to complex, interdisciplinary development issues of strategic importance to policy, programming and organisational learning.

Project

Covid Collective Research Platform

The Covid Collective Research Platform will offer a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform...

Project

K4D Learning Journey on Civil Society

This Learning Journey aimed to establish a more effective approach to two-way learning with the civil society sector in order to share and develop wider FCDO (then DFID) policy and programmes. It therefore responded to internal policy directives, the objectives of the SDGs, the Commonwealth...

Project

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...

Opinions

Opinion

Reflecting back on K4D’s achievements: 2018 to 2022

The Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) programme has provided a rapid research helpdesk, knowledge brokering, and learning service for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and other UK Aid-spending government departments since October 2016. I joined IDS to...

11 February 2022

Opinion

What works for successful learning processes?

The UK Aid sector has faced unprecedented challenges over the last 18 months due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, reduction in funding, and shake up of the politics and policy driving development. Constant throughout all the debates and changes has been the importance of quality evidence...

6 September 2021

Opinion

K4D: a model for effective evidence and learning

The UK Aid sector has faced unprecedented challenges over the last 18 months due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, reduction in funding, and shake up of the politics and policy driving development. Constant throughout all the debates and changes has been the importance of quality evidence and...

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Joanna Howard & 2 others

2 July 2021

Paul Knipe’s recent work

Past Event

Mainstreaming Nature: institutions, capacity, and evidence

The Leaders’ Pledge for Nature includes a commitment to put nature and biodiversity on a road to recovery by 2030 through mainstreaming nature into all government policy and investments. Ahead of COP26 the UK is working with the multilateral banks to integrate nature across their operations,...

4 August 2021

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Increasing financial flows and the role of finance in sustaining nature

Protecting and enhancing our world’s natural assets, and the biodiversity that underpins them, is crucial to achieving a sustainable, resilient economy, as well as tackling poverty, climate change and preventing future pandemics. Launched at the beginning of this year, The Dasgupta Review on...

21 July 2021

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Oceans and marine ecosystems: challenges, drivers and solutions

Healthy oceans, marine and coastal ecosystems provide a number of ecosystem services including climate change mitigation and play a key role in livelihoods and economic activities. Biodiversity loss, degradation and climate change are key threats for these ecosystems. Sustainable use of marine...

7 July 2021