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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) is a five-year programme running to September 2021 to support 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 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 DFID in response to demand within DFID 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

K4D has recently created a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Hub to bring together learning across DFID and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.

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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 Water Security

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 Products

K4D produces a variety of Learning Products to support and enhance learning and update alongside the Helpdesk Reports. The majority of these are commissioned through Learning Journeys although some are to support individual events such as professional development conferences, or...

Project

K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub

The K4D COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together learning across DFID and the UK Government to support their fight against COVID-19 and its consequences.

Project

K4D Learning Journey on Education, Climate and Environment

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

Report

Conflict Analysis of North Eastern Kenya

K4D Emerging Issues Report 36

This Emerging Issues report highlights research and emerging evidence to policy-makers to help inform policies that are more resilient to the future. It provides comprehensive conflict analysis of North Eastern Kenya by outlining the conflict profile in the region and exploring the root causes...

7 August 2020

Opinion

Reintegrating children born of wartime rape

Today is the International Day of Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a day aimed at raising awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence and to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world. One such group are children born of wartime...

19 June 2020