Lilian Motaroki

Researcher, IIED's Climate Change research group

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Swahili

Lilian works with the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) interim secretariat in IIED. Her role entails:

  • Providing direct technical support to the LIFE-AR frontrunner countries in the design and implementation of national delivery mechanisms to deliver the LDC 2050 Vision for resilience.
  • Supporting the interim secretariat’s work on integrating gender and social inclusion (GESI) in LIFE-AR

She also works across other programmes including the CRAKS project that aims to strengthen the agricultural adaptation knowledge system in Uganda.

Lilian is a member of IIED’s race and racism working group, where she is supporting the institute’s anti-racism agenda.


Participatory learning and action; decentralised climate finance approaches; climate risk and vulnerability assessments; and gender and social inclusion.

Before IIED

  • Project officer, Power Shift Africa
  • Research associate, Africa Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES)
  • Research assistant, International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)


  • Masters in climate change adaptation, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bachelors in crop improvement and protection, Kenyatta University, Kenya

Current work

Working with Uganda’s ministry of water and environment to implement the devolved climate finance mechanism that aims to invest at least 70% of climate finance behind local priorities; working with actors across the agriculture value chain to strengthen the agricultural adaptation knowledge system in Uganda to build community resilience.