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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 Inclusion in Crises

Inclusion is an approach (and an objective) founded on the human rights principles of inherent dignity, participation and respect for diversity which counters structural discrimination and enables affected people and communities to more effectively anticipate, prevent, prepare, respond,...

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.

Recent work

Impact Story

Informing UK international development policy

The IDS-led K4D programme had an active year informing health provision, boosting understanding of water security, reacting rapidly to calls for evidence on Covid-19 – and providing evidence and learning to help optimise the UK’s international development policymaking. K4D – the...

26 July 2021

Past Event

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

Past Event

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

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