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Raihana Zeerak is a researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance (IURIF), where she is engaged in applied research in public policy, public management, and finance. In this role, she is involved in the institute’s several research projects on budgeting practices and economic impacts of infrastructure investment, particularly intergovernmental fiscal arrangements in highway and transit projects. Raihana holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pune, India.

She has extensive experience working with government and non-governmental organizations both in the U.S. and her home country, Afghanistan. Prior to joining IURIF, Raihana worked for the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the DC-based think tank, Stimson Center, and served as a diplomat for Afghanistan. Through years of work in public service and her academic experience, Raihana has acquired experience in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in the areas of public policy, economic development, and program evaluation.

Research interests

Public policy, public management, economic development, program evaluation, and finance

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Interest Keywords

  • public policy
  • public management
  • economic development
  • program evaluation
  • finance


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