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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


Call for Proposals: The World Bank Strategic Research Program (SRP)

The Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) is pleased to announce the launch of the second Call for Proposals (the Call) for the World Bank Strategic Research Program (SRP). The SRP, a multi-donor trust fund initially funded by DFID, 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 capacity in developing countries.Read More» 


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


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


Working Papers

Climate change, soil salinity, and the economics of high-yield rice production in coastal Bangladesh, Volume 1

It is a virtual certainty that sea-level rise will continue throughout the century and beyond 2100 even if greenhouse gas emissions are stabilized in the near future. Understanding the economic impacts of salinity intrusion thus is essential for planning adaptation in low-lying coastal areas around the world. Read more »


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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