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Knowledge for Change Program

The KCP has been remarkably successful in achieving its primary objective of promoting 'high quality, cutting edge research'…that creates knowledge to support poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Lyn Squire -- Consultant & former CEO, Global Development Network

How KCP dollars are being spent?

Important Announcements


KCP III is now operational

The KCP III recently became operational in December 2014: four donors (Norway, Estonia, U.K., and Canada) have signed the administration agreements with the Bank and one with the Government of Finland is under final negotiation. The KCP III activities include the following: service delivery and aid effectiveness; poverty and shared prosperity; growth and job creation; fragility and risk management; international cooperation and global public goods; and innovation in data production, analysis and dissemination. KCP III’s focus is on research and data collection. Similar to the KCP II, the KCP III aims to (a) generate high quality, cutting-edge, policy relevant research and data, (b) build research and data collection capacity in developing countries, and (c) contribute to policy making in development countries. KCP III funds are available for knowledge generation sponsored by the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC), or DEC in conjunction with other parts of the Bank. Read More»


KCP III Call for Proposals 2015

The first Call for Proposals under KCP III was launched on March 11, 2015. To achieve the KCP III’s objectives mentioned in the section above, priority will be given on proposals that have operational relevance. In addition, 15% of available funds in this current Call for Proposals will be set aside for projects that include strong local capacity building component. Given the high demand for KCP in the past, the task team leader’s experience and track record in managing trust funds will be important factors in considering the proposals. The latter means that the task team leader does not have large unutilized balance in past and ongoing KCP projects, does not have multiple requests for extensions, and has a good record of compliance with timely submission of required progress and completion reports. As in the past, the Call for Proposals will only accept individual proposals.Read More»


KCP Perspectives - April 2015

The latest issue of the KCP Perspectives has just been released in time for the Bank-Fund Spring Meetings. This newsletter examines past work and assesses the impact that these completed KCP-funded research projects have had on development policies worldwide, and hopefully provide lessons going forward. In this issue, we look at two important research topics: first is on globalization, its risks and potential for crises, and the second is on effective river basin management. Read More»


Latest News


What was last year’s best new research from across the Bank Group?

Following a Bank Group-wide call for submissions, the 2014 Research Academy has identified the best new research from across the institution. Jointly sponsored by DEC’s Research Department and the Office of the Global Practices Chief Economist, the competition identified the top three new working papers based on their technical quality, originality and policy relevance. Read More»


Policy Research Talks

The Policy Research Talks showcase the latest DEC research findings and their implications for Bank operations. The goal of the monthly event is to facilitate a dialogue between researchers and operational staff, so that we can challenge and contribute to the Bank's intellectual climate and re-examine conventional wisdom in current development theories and practices. Read More»



Latest Reports & Papers

Blog: Lets Talk Development

Left unattended, 5.3 million of Bangladesh’s poor will be vulnerable to the effects of climate change in 2050

Currently around 43.2 million people or 30% of the population of Bangladesh live in poverty. Alarmingly, this figure includes 24.4 million extremely poor who are not even able to meet the basic needs of food expenditure. Read more »



Policy Research Note

The Great Plunge in Oil Prices: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses

Following four years of relative stability at around $105 per barrel (bbl), oil prices have declined sharply since June 2014 and are expected to remain low for a considerable period of time. Read more »


Working Papers

Climate change, groundwater salinization and road maintenance costs in coastal Bangladesh, Volume 1

The potentially-adverse impact of salinity on paved roads is well-established in the engineering literature. The problem seems destined to grow, as climate-related changes in sea level and riverine flows drive future increases in groundwater salinity. Read more »


Facing the hungry tide : climate change, livelihood threats, and household responses in coastal Bangladesh, Volume 1

This paper quantifies the impact of inundation risk and salinization on the family structure and economic welfare of coastal households in Bangladesh. Read more »




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