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Knowledge for Change

About the Program

The Knowledge for Change Program (KCP) is a multi-donor trust fund established in 2002 to promote high quality, innovative research creating knowledge to support policies for poverty reduction and sustainable development. Since its inception, the KCP has raised over $60 million and funded more than 300 projects for research and data collection to support effective policies and programs in developing countries.

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KCP donors


Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018

KCP 2019 Report Key Indicators


KCP effectively pools various funds and intellectual resources

KCP covers a wide range of topics and remains flexible in terms of structure. This has allowed the KCP to meet various donors’ research interests and accommodate emerging topics within KCP’s research framework.  

KCP provides a transparent method for reviewing and funding proposals through a competitive process

Over the years, KCP has formulated a set of rigorous and competitive procedures, to ensure that high quality proposals receive KCP funding.  After a launch of Call for Proposals, research teams first prepare a two-page concept note for approval.  An approved concept note then moves on to the full proposal stage. 

Each full proposal is sent to two to three external subject matter experts to review. External reviewers rate and comment on each proposal’s analytical design, data, literature, program implementation, policy relevance, and local capacity building—using a rating scale of 1 to 5. When a proposal receives overall scores from different reviewers with a difference of 3 and above, it is sent to an additional external reviewer for an extra round of reviews.

The rating, comments and recommendations from the reviewers are shared with the Internal Management Committee (IMC). The IMC is chaired by the head of DEC, and composed of DEC Directors and the Regional and Global Practice Chief Economists. The IMC will then meet and decide on funding allocations based on the review process, as well as the proposal’s overall strategic relevance, and availability of funding.

Proposal Selection Process

This process ensures that successful research proposals will use rigorous analytical approaches to yield valid results and reliable evidence. Data projects will have methodological rigor of data collection and quality control processes in place. 


Last Updated: Dec 08, 2017

Strategic Research Program

The Strategic Research Program (SRP) is a strategic partnership between the Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank, funding economic growth-related research following an agreed to set of joint objectives. The DFID funding allocation for the SRP was £10.2 million (funding for which is shared between DFID’s Growth and Education Research teams).

The objectives of the SRP are to (a) generate high quality, cutting-edge research in development economics; (b) contribute to policy making in developing countries; (c) enhance research and data capacity in developing countries; and (d) enable countries and stakeholders to access evidence-based research.  The program aims to make the Bank’s research more responsive to the needs of operational and policy units by making the process of commissioning and funding Bank research more transparent, efficient and effective.   

The proposed SRP impact is: better use of evidence in decision making on economic development related policies and practices by developing countries. The proposed project outcome is: a stronger World Bank evidence base on economic development directly used by World Bank staff in the field and their counterparts in developing countries. The deliverable outputs of the program are: high quality, lower cost research papers and evidence products that a) respond to policy and operation demands, and b) are built on increasing levels of external competition. The outputs establish a reliable body of evidence on important policies compiled through rigorous research.

Read SRP Program Completion Report2017 Annual Progress Report 

List of Policy Research Working Working Papers funded by SRP.






SPR Themes