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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

Strategic Research Program (SRP) Call for Proposals -2014

The World Bank Strategic Research Program (SRP), a multi-donor trust fund initially funded by DFID, is a new program established in February 2014 in the Development Economics Vice Presidency. It aims to carry out research programs and projects related to development economics; and to disseminate the knowledge and lessons learned from research findings to enable countries and stakeholders to have access to evidence-based research and to enhance research capacity in developing countries. The World Bank Group (WBG) has committed itself to the twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.Read More»

KCP Call for Proposals - 2014

Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) formally launches the 2014 Call for Proposals (CFP) of the Knowledge for Change Program II (KCP II). The KCP II is originally scheduled to end on April 30, 2016, and the donors recently gave its unanimous endorsement to extend it through June 30, 2017. This extension will give newly approved projects in this 2014 CFP three years to complete; however this will be the last and final extension as there are plans to establish the KCP III in the next few months. Hence, this 2014 CFP may potentially be the last call if the available funds are allocated in its entirety.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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