K4D Research Helpdesk

The K4D Research Helpdesk provides quick access to evidence and analysis on development policy and programme questions through rapid response or more substantive emerging issues reports. 

Reports review available evidence, experience and emerging practice, provide syntheses of findings from literature and global experts, and include annotated bibliographies and literature reviews.  

A standard rapid response report involves six days of a researcher’s time and is usually delivered within a few weeks from commission. Emerging Issues reports typically explore more complex development issues with less literature in the public realm. The service includes at least double the research time, along with thematic lead days and design and communications resource. 

All published K4D Helpdesk Reports (rapid response and emerging issues) are available on K4D’s OpenDocs site.  


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Alice Shaw

Editorial Coordinator - K4D

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Amy Cowlard

Senior Project Support Officer

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Paul Knipe

Research and Learning Programme Manager

Recent work


Leaving No One Behind in a Digital World

K4D Emerging Issues Report 10

In an increasingly digital world, relatively privileged people are able to use their access to mobile and internet technologies to access clear digital dividends including remote access to health and education information, financial inclusion and digital pathways to economic and political...

1 November 2018


Cultural Pactices on Burial and Care for the Sick in South Sudan

K4D Helpdesk Report 437

Literature on cultural practices for burial and care for the sick among individual ethnic groups in South Sudan was very limited. However, it clearly points to the importance of proper burials among all ethnic groups: these typically entail washing the body of the deceased; it can take several...

17 September 2018


Privatisation of State Owned Enterprises in Ethiopia since 1991

K4D Helpdesk Report 392

After decades of socialist rule under the Derg regime, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) adopted market reforms including privatisation of state owned enterprises (SoEs) in 1991. This is a historic literature review, which traces the causes, scale, modalities and...

26 July 2018


Violent extremist organisations in Yemen

K4D Helpdesk Report 379

Almost four years since the Houthis took control of Sana’a in 2014 and seven since initial protests against poor governance in 2011, Yemen remains engulfed in battles for power across the country

25 June 2018