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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

2nd Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

This conference hosted by the World Bank, George Washington University (Institute for International Economic Policy), and the Growth Dialogue brings together academics and development practitioners to present and discuss the challenges of urbanization in developing countries. Read More» 

KCP Consultative Group Meeting

This year's Consultative Group (CG) meeting was held on November 2-3, 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia. Agenda | Video

KCP & The New Bank - Annual Report 2014

In October 2013, the World Bank Group WBG) member countries endorsed anew WBG strategy that will guide the institution’s efforts to achieve its twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Based on the new strategy, the WBG has undergone a substantive reorganization. This will transform the focus and modalities of the WBG’s work and enhance its capacity to deliver development solutions that support the twin goals. In support ofthe new strategy, there are three changes that are currently underway that are of special relevance to the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP).Read More»

Latest News

Africa impact evaluation update : evidence to inform development operations

A new issue of the Africa IE Update is out. This issue focuses on policy options for increasing agricultural productivity. This publication highlights rigorous evidence on crucial development issues for the region. 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


Case Study

Are Poor Slum-Dwellers Willing to Pay for Formal Land Title? Evidence from Dar es Salaam

High levels of informality, from 70% to 80% in many developing country cities,increase poverty and make urbanization unsustainable. But it is not clear if this is due to lack of interest in more secure land rights or the high cost of traditional institutions. Read more »


Launch of WDR2014

World Development Report 2014: Risk and Opportunity. Managing Risk for Development.

In recent years, the world has suffered a multitude of crises. Financial and economic turmoil have disrupted the world economy through loss of income, jobs, and social stability. Read more »

Working Papers

Why Don't Poor Countries Do R&D?

Using a global panel on research and development (R&D) expenditures, this paper documents that on average poor countries do far less R&D than rich as a share of GDP. This is arguably counter intuitive since the gains from doing the R&D required for technological catch up are thought to be very high and Griffith et al (2004) have documented that in the OECD returns increase dramatically with distance from the frontier. Read more »

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