Neha Rai

Neha Rai was a senior researcher (climate finance), in IIED's Climate Change research group until January 2021.

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Languages: English, Hindi (fluent), Urdu (fluent), and Bangla (basic)
Neha Rai has an extensive track record in the area of climate change, with more than 15 years of experience working on climate finance, climate policy and related monitoring and evaluation.

Her interests are researching the quality, quantity and effectiveness of climate finance; supporting country governments to access and manage climate finance; and ensuring climate actions are well monitored and evaluated.

Her portfolio of work includes:

  • Providing technical support to governments on M&E as well as international, national and local climate finance
  • Capacity development and support for ministries and local governments in accessing climate finance through Green Climate Fund accreditation, training on climate finance to governments, and support project development and Enhanced Direct Access proposal writing, and
  • Evidence generation on climate finance and M&E.

As a public policy specialist and an urban planner by training, her journey in the career of international development and climate change began with a focus on environmental and social impact assessments, and energy and waste management issues in India, where she worked for Canadian consultancy SENES.

Neha then worked as a research fellow at UNU-MERIT in the Netherlands, where she focused on sanitation and health issues in India. She subsequently worked at the Sussex Energy Group to understand water energy inter-dependencies.

The author of “The Political Economy of Low Carbon Resilient Development” (2016), Neha has also written several publications on M&E and climate finance. She is also one among the team of originators involved in implementing the Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) framework.


  • International and national climate finance and policy
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Political economy of low carbon resilient development
  • Decentralised energy.

Before IIED

Sussex energy group, UK; UNU-Merit, Netherlands, SENES (Specialist Energy, Nuclear and Environment Sciences) private limited, India


  • MSc in public policy (sustainable development), Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Mtech in Urban Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), India
  • Short course in Applied Econometrics, Maastricht