K4Dev – Knowledge for Development

International Development Consultants

“People-centred, cost effective expertise for aid and development”

K4Dev is a new service provider that is built on 20 years’ experience in the international aid and development sector. We aim to tailor expert services and cost structures to suit the specific needs and parameters of clients:

  • iNGOs, small and large
  • Managing contractors
  • Governmental agencies

Our Commitment

K4Dev will:


Deliver high quality, credible research and reporting


Operate and communicate with transparency and integrity at every step


Respect and value participants, beneficiaries and communities that your projects serve


Invest in your people


Respect and honour the culture and spirituality of the communities you serve and in your own organisation


Responsibly minimise the cost of our service for your organisation and optimise value-for-money


Champion your organisation’s reputation

Our Responsibility: Leaving the world better than we found it


At K4Dev we believe that people and planet go hand in hand.

We believe every child has a right to a safe and nurturing childhood, and that girls’ education is as important as boys’. We believe that we have a God-given responsibility to give voice and opportunity to the world’s most vulnerable. K4Dev financially supports domestic and international causes that make these happen. In the long-term, we aim to accumulate the financial resources to establish a foundation to provide sustainable funding for such projects.

K4Dev is currently working towards being a carbon-neutral business, and ultimately, to become carbon-positive. To achieve this, K4Dev has switched to 100% carbon-neutral electricity supply and offset all vehicle emissions. When possible we make, fix, repurpose and recycle rather than consume, throw out and contribute to landfill.


About Us

Peter Weston

Principal Consultant and co-founder

Peter is the international development director of K4Dev. He provides and coordinates the aid and development expertise, consultant networks and service delivery to clients. Peter is an evaluation expert with over 20 years’ experience in aid and development. His last eight years have focused on research and evaluation of diverse government-funded NGO grant projects in East and West Africa and the Pacific. Peter has worked and excelled on all sides of aid programming: leading and commissioning evaluations as well as managing aid programmes directly. Peter is also an experienced trainer of evaluators, proposal and project design writers, and a former manager of M&E departments. In addition to being a professional who delivers excellence, he is a ‘true-believer’: Peter is committed to eliminating vulnerability and poverty by providing aid organisations the highest standards of evidence and support on which to base their development and advocacy.

Peter is solutions-oriented. He is the winner of two international development Innovation Awards. The first was for developing World Vision International’s first farmer-to-cup fair trade coffee initiative in Ethiopia. The second was for developing Solomon Islands’ first genuinely Rapid Assessment tool for emergencies in the Pacific.
As a sectorally broad-based development specialist, Peter holds a Master of Environmental Sustainability, a Graduate Diploma of International Health, and a Bachelor of Commerce/Economics from universities that rank in the global top 50.

Peter is a Queensland state committee member of the Australasian Evaluation Society: the peak professional association for evaluators in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. He is also a member of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA): a professional association that works with members to build a powerful community of practice to shape the measurement of social impact both in Australia and around the world. Peter is also a Co-Founder of the Solomon Islands Evaluation Network. Peter is also a registered sector expert with the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network: a collaboration between the Australian Council for International Development and Australian universities.

Jenny Weston

Business Manager and co-founder

Jenny is the managerial brains of the agency. She oversees the long-term and day-to-day organisation of the operation, including finance, recruitment, contract management and administration. Jenny’s eye for detail ensures nothing goes out until it meets the high standard of quality and consistency that we strive for at K4Dev. She is a firm believer that communication is key to successful business relationships. When Peter is ‘out of country’ working in remote locations, Jenny will follow through with clients and associates to ensure things are keeping to schedule. Prior to founding K4Dev, Jenny spent 17 years in administration, marketing and management in the manufacturing import/export sector.

K4Dev’s Consultant Network


David is an Australia-based consultant who has worked in management and consulting for international relief and development agencies, government and corporate clients for over 20 years, in over 25 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. David has particular expertise in the design of M&E arrangements, as well as experience in understanding the challenges of M&E in international aid and in helping organisations increase the effectiveness of aid delivery.
Heather is an independent nutrition advisor currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand with over 30 years developing evidence-based nutrition and food security policy and programmes and supporting the implementation of these through training capacity building and research. A trained Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist, Heather has worked with governments and developing partners in remote Indigenous communities in Australia and in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific including Timor-Leste, Samoa, Thailand, Lao PDR, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and along the Thai Myanmar border. main interests include multi-sector nutrition programming, infant and young child feeding, the double burden of malnutrition and policy reform.
Isabelle is a South Africa-based evaluation expert and creative facilitator and a graduate of the London School of Economics. Isabelle has 17 years of global development experience in child well-being, gender, financial literacy, education, child protection and health care across Africa and Asia. Isabelle specialises in innovative and collaborative approaches to measuring and reporting impact and is passionate about making data useable and useful through summaries, visuals and animated presentations, for learning and to catalyse positive changes. Prior to becoming a consultant, Isabelle was the Director of Evaluation & Impact Reporting for one of the largest iNGOs in the world.
Mary is a US-based expert in organisational learning and process improvement in the context of emergency preparedness and risk reduction, with deep experience of collaborating with the wider iNGO and government sectors. The core of Mary’s work is research and writing. Her primary expertise is working with practitioners and other relevant stakeholders to refine and translate project and assessment information into documentation that meets the needs of relevant technical and non-technical target audiences.
Rhianon is an Australia-based evaluation and organisational capacity development consultant. Rhianon became an evaluator after spending more than 20 years delivering, designing, managing and working to improve social programs in Australia and the Pacific. Throughout her career journey from crisis counsellor to CEO, she continued to seek answers to the fundamental question “How do we know we are making a real and positive difference?” Projects implemented in the Pacific included Ending Violence Against Women initiatives, Child Protection and Family Intervention services, HIV education and prevention, sex worker programs, and a wide range of health and psychosocial interventions, in collaboration with DFAT, EU Aid, NZ Aid, SPC, UNWomen and other donor agencies. Her programming and evaluation experience is augmented by a Master of Evaluation from University of Melbourne, receiving with first class honours.
Dr Tinashe is an Australia-based research scientist with diverse operational experience including research and development, policy improvement, project management, and scientific administration. Tinashe has worked on projects targeted at productivity enhancement and community development in the UK and EU through universities and national and international research organisations. Tinashe extended his passion for sustainable development by working on technology transfer to rising nations in southeast Asia and Africa, and is applying his statistical skills in evaluation data analysis.
Stephen is an Australia-based development practitioner with 14 years’ experience in evaluation, field monitoring, and training across a range of sectors in 7 countries across Asia and Africa. Stephen has strong analytical skills and uses field experience to equip client staff with the confidence and critical thinking skills required to improve their own monitoring, evaluation and reflective decision-making.

Services

Peter and World Vision Solomon Islands staff

Project evaluations: Baseline studies, mid-term reviews, end-of-project evaluations, targeted studies, and value-for-money/social return on investment analysis
Training of staff on evaluation skills and development themes
Design and coordination of disaster impact assessments
Writing of grant proposals
Facilitation and writing of development-related reports

Sectors

Girl demonstrating tippy-tap at school in Solomon Islands

Disaster Risk Reduction
Climate Change Adaptation
Livelihoods and local economic development
Emergency Rapid Response
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Behaviour Change Communication

Global Reach

Hands together in a circle

K4Dev commands a global network of evaluation and development specialist consultants. If we cannot provide you with top-level expertise in your field from our own staff, we will sequester the right skills from our associates, without additional cost burdens.

Evaluations and Publications

Vanuatu Inclusive WASH Project Design

World Vision Vanuatu
Funded by: Australian DFAT
(Sept-Dec 2018) Consultant: Peter

TOMAK-Farming for Prosperity – Aquaculture Baseline Study

Adam Smith International Timor-Leste
Funded by: Australian DFAT
(Current: September-October 2018) Consultant: Peter

Gender Sensitive Livelihoods and Market Analysis Report

World Vision Uganda
Funded by: Green Climate Fund and UNDP
(August-Sept 2018) Consultant: David, Tinashe and Peter

Government Grant Management Manual – Phase 2

(an interactive, web-based engagement for field offices).
World Vision Australia
(Current: July-Nov 2018) Consultant: Peter

Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project – End of Project Evaluation

CRS Timor-Leste
Funded by: World Bank
(May-August 2018). Consultant: Peter, Ingvar and Heather

National Health Programme – Mid-term Evaluation

Medair Iraq
Funded by: OFDA and ECHO
(March-May 2018). Consultant: Peter

Nepal Earthquake Response, Rehabilitation Phase – Final Evaluation

World Vision International Nepal
Funded by: Multiple grant agencies
(February-May 2018). Consultant: David

Evaluation of Effectiveness of Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) Online Training

(Lesotho and Swaziland)
World Vision International/Australia – FMNR Hub
Funded by: Private Foundation
(November 2017-February 2018). Consultant: Peter

Inclusive Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction – Nepal

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(Curriculum development guidance and lecture presenter).
University of Queensland – International Development
Funded by: Australian DFAT
(January-February 2018). Consultant: Peter

ANCP Financial Literacy and Inclusion Project Design Document Write-Up

World Vision Papua New Guinea
Funded by: Australian DFAT
(January-February 2018). Consultant: Daniela

Annual Child Wellbeing Report

World Vision Pacific and Timor-Leste
(December 2017 -January 2018). Consultant: Daniela

World Vision Nepal Earthquake Response Evaluation reports

World Vision International Nepal
Funded by: Multiple grant agencies
(November-December 2017) Consultant: Mary

Government Grant Management Manual

(an interactive, web-based engagement for field offices).
World Vision Australia
(Current: July 2017-February 2018) Consultant: Peter

Introduction to Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration, e-Learning course (facilitation)

(for international development field practitioners).
World Vision International eCampus
Funded by: Private foundation
(July-November 2017) Consultants: Peter and Soheila (World Vision Australia)

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Testimonials

Here’s what others are saying:

I recommend Peter for skills in training and consultancy. I worked with Peter on a training course for Nepali government officials. I was very impressed with his ability to unpack the diverse roles of non-government organisations in development and disaster risk reduction. He has a personable presentation style and uses his experience as a practitioner to explain complex situations in a practical manner.

– Paul Schmidt
Associate Lecturer – Environmental planning & governance

The University of Queensland

I hired Peter to conduct an evaluation of my organisation’s health projects. In our work together, Peter did a great job. He was an excellent communicator, and had a deep understanding of how to effectively roll out an evaluation that included a household survey, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews – in an unstable and quickly changing environment. He did a good job of anticipating and proactively addressing hurdles, and being flexible in his approach when required by circumstances outside of our control. He applied a rigorous methodology and showed excellent team leadership. I would recommend Peter without hesitation.

– Rachel Hirons
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Medair Iraq

I have worked with Peter in two capacities. First, he managed me when I was an independent consultant. Second, when he started K4Dev I had the opportunity to engage him for a Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture EoP evaluation. Peter has deep passion for producing high quality research that impacts programming in a manageable way. He not only produces high quality but also delivers on time. I have no hesitation recommending him.

– Matthew Will
Senior Development Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Professional

GHD

WV PNG recruited Peter to help us conduct four key end-of-project evaluations. As part of this process we requested that Peter help us strengthen the Evaluation capacity of our team and that he takes them on the journey with him. Peter conducted two highly informative workshops and has ensured the project staff learned and benefited professionally from the entire evaluation process. He has also been extremely flexible throughout the evaluations and was very nimble in adapting data collection to rapidly changing circumstances and unexpected barriers, which often occur in Papua New Guinea and some of our more remote project locations. I have no hesitation to recommend Peter.

– Clynton Beukes
Program Quality Manager

World Vision Papua New Guinea

Relationships: During all periods that I worked with Peter Weston in Senegal, as program manager and then as a regional manager, he demonstrated very respectful, frank and very rich relations with staff and communities. The staff and communities who know him still hold good memories of him.
Expertise: Peter is an expert in resilience and climate adaptation. The proof is that, with his guidance, in Senegal, we were able to initiate and extend projects in Farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) in the dryland region of Kaffrine. Since then, the extension of the FMNR has continued to grow successfully, enabling World Vision Senegal to be chosen over all other development and agriculture NGOs for the implementation of the European-Union-funded Evergreen Agriculture Scaling-up project:2017 – 2021. In evaluations, Peter was highly organised and collaborative. His evaluations produced insightful findings and recommendations to improve our work.
Communication: Often in Senegal, program staff have challenges in communicating with foreign advisers because in most cases they only speak English. However, Peter Weston’s ability to speak and write French allowed him to easily share his experience with operational staff and villages leaders and also learn from them.

– Dr. Charles Bakhoum
Resilience & Livelihoods Advisor

West Africa Regional Office, Senegal, World Vision International

I highly recommend Peter Weston. I have been impressed by Peter’ ability to combine methodological rigour with a deep awareness of pragmatic and contextual issues to produce responsive, reliable, insightful evaluations. Peter not only knows what to do when conducting high quality evaluations, he also knows why and how to do it and so can deftly adapt to changing circumstances to produce meaningful results. Peter works well at both strategic and operational levels to design thoughtful, useful evaluations, and deliver them effectively, working productively and respectfully with local staff.

– Dr Tari Turner
Senior Research Follow

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Being part of the evidence and evaluations training facilitated by Peter was not only helpful but also very informative. The topics were easy to understand and can be applied in any context. As a Technical Program Coordinator, the sessions and different topics taught were complementary. There were daily recaps of the topics and practical examples given which enabled the team to practise, reflect, and apply in their work following the workshop. I am confident in his expertise in the field of monitoring and evaluation and would definitely recommend for other opportunities.”

– Jeanette Selep
Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and Nutrition National Coordinator

World Vision Papua New Guinea

Peter possesses high level skills in monitoring and evaluation and, over the course of the work we did together, Peter demonstrated a highly sophisticated understanding of research monitoring and evaluation in complex settings. Peter possesses excellent communication skills and he is a very amicable person to work with. This, coupled with his high moral and professional standards, enables important work to be done in a productive and efficient way. Peter has worked in a range of development settings and has gathered a repertoire of skills and experience that enable him to provide tailored and appropriate support for monitoring and evaluating development projects. His approach is grounded in a fundamental understanding of humanitarian work and the complexities of working across agencies, settings, geographical locations, logistics and languages. He does this with an approach that is sensitive to cultural protocols. Peter possesses a rare combination of experience, excellent professional skills and a friendly personality. I would recommend him to any organisation seeking a person of integrity and strong capability.

– Dr Libby Lee-Hammond
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Murdoch University, Western Australia

Peter has consistently provided the highest value on evaluations. His extraordinary technical knowledge is complemented by many years of practical experience, and he combines the two for a thorough consideration of all the relevant aspects when evaluating projects. I have seen him adapt his style and approach to multiple different contexts, and in each, he develops a professional rapport with colleagues, and leads a process that ensures all staff and participants are fully engaged, and learn from the process as much as from the outcomes. Peter’s genuine interest in ongoing learning, and in building an ever-growing body of knowledge in climate change and resilience, means that he consistently examines data in thorough detail, and finds insights that have eluded the rest of us– he is meticulous in planning and documentation, he goes above and beyond the responsibilities of each evaluation and his results are always of the highest quality. I have also admired Peter’s particular dedication to ensuring the opinions of all stakeholders are included in evaluations, especially those who are often overlooked, like women and children.

– Kate Horwood
International Programs Manager

Plan International Australia