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Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D)

start date
1 October 2016
end date
30 September 2022

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.

Our services

K4D supports research and learning for FCDO and other UK Government department in three ways:

Research Helpdesk

FCDO staff can request a Research Helpdesk report on a subject of their choice (as long as the request is Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible). They receive timely, rigorous analysis from a network of researchers and global experts. Helpdesk reports can be a review of the available evidence, experience, and emerging practice, a literature review, annotated bibliography, or similar. Once approved, rapid research reports use six researcher days and are delivered in one month, with Emerging Issues Reports stretching over a longer period.

K4D has produced more than 1,000 Helpdesk Reports and 40 Emerging Issues Reports with all published reports available on a dedicated OpenDocs page.

If you are FCDO staff, you can request a Helpdesk Report or Emerging Issues Report by emailing [email protected].

Learning Journeys

K4D facilitates in-depth Learning Journeys for FCDO, UK Government staff, and partner organisations. Led by a K4D researcher and thematic experts, this process bridges disciplines and enables participants to learn together around an issue or challenge.

Learning Journeys support interdisciplinary learning and dialogue in FCDO and with partners, and response to strategic themes and organisational priorities.

More than 40 Learning Journeys on a wide range of topics and themes have been led by K4D, with publicly facing journeys available here.

Learning Products

K4D produces Learning Products to support and enhance evidence and learning. The majority of these are commissioned as part of a Learning Journey, though individual products can be requested by FCDO staff.

Over 200 Learning Products have been produced, including videos, podcasts, slide decks, multimedia reading packs and reports, infographics, social media campaigns, graphic design for emerging issues reports, and more.

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

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Annabel Fenton

Communications Coordinator

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Ben O’Donovan-Iland

Communications and Impact Officer

Jim Woodhill

Honorary Associate

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Joanna Howard

Research Fellow and Cluster Leader

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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...

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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

Opinion

Education, conflict and stability in South Sudan

Education as a fundamental human right is one of the key principles underpinning the Education 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 4. There is increasing research on the ways education can exacerbate conflict and contribute to peace. The IDS-led Knowledge, Evidence and Learning...

24 January 2022

News

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

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...

17 January 2022