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Programme

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Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D)

start date
1 October 2016
end date
30 September 2021

The Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (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 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and other UK government departments and partners to be innovative and responsive to rapidly changing and complex development challenges.

K4D is delivered by a consortium of leading UK-based knowledge institutions led by the Institute of Development Studies, along with University of Birmingham International Development Department, University of Leeds Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Education Development Trust, and Itad. K4D has 25 permanent staff, including researchers, project and MEL specialists. The consortium also benefits from a network of other institutions and experts to create a broad knowledge pool covering all areas of international development.    

Our services

The programme provides a Research Helpdesk for rapid response and complex emerging issues reports, facilitated Learning Journeys, and Learning Products to enhance learning and uptake. We offer a range of evidence and learning services, from standalone rapid research reports produced over a six day period, to year-long interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder learning activities supported by evidence syntheses and multimedia products.  

Although our services are commissioned by FCDO in response to demand within FCDO and other UK Government departments, we publish the majority of reports and learning products as part of our commitment to increasing learning in the public realm.  

All of our published reports are available on the K4D OpenDocs page and public videos are available on our YouTube channel. You can also view public learning products through individual Learning Journey pages or the Learning Products page.  

COVID-19 Resource Hub

Our dedicated COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together learning across FCDO and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.

Contact us

E: [email protected] 
T: 01273 915788 

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People

Jim Woodhill

Honorary Associate

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Joanna Howard

Research Fellow and Cluster Leader

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Marina Apgar

Research Fellow

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Paul Knipe

Research and Learning Programme Manager

Projects

Project

K4D Learning Journey on International Nature

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

K4D Learning Journey on Security and Access to Justice

The Security & Access to Justice (S&J) Learning Journey will help address S&J challenges and capability gaps within the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This will be done primarily through a series of facilitated discussions and expertise-sharing with select FCDO and Open...

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

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...

Recent work

Past Event

The dynamics of deforestation: drivers, Nature, interventions and challenges

This deep dive into deforestation will consider deforestation through four interconnected lenses: one, the role of forests/deforestation in climate change (including emissions, mitigation and resilience); two, the links between forests and freshwater ecosystems; three, global production; and,...

9 June 2021

Past Event

Our Relationship with Nature

This introductory session to the K4D Learning Journey on International Nature introduced the interrelationship/integration between biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, human activity, and climate change. It highlighted how human activity is driving ecosystem degradation and...

26 May 2021

Report

Inclusion in Crisis Response, Recovery and Resilience

K4D Helpdesk Report 1000

This rapid review provides examples of what has worked to include people in humanitarian assistance who experience heightened vulnerability during crises, due to social inequalities and discrimination relating to gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and...

14 May 2021

Opinion

K4D publishes final COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary

This week sees the publication of the last K4D COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary authored by research partners at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and IDS. The weekly, and for much of the last year, daily publications have been issued since the 9th March 2020 and now number 122...

11 May 2021