Director, Community Land Protection Program, Namati
Rachael Knight, Director of the Community Land Protection Progam at Namati, is an attorney with expertise in the areas of land tenure security, access to justice, and legal empowerment of the poor. She previously served as Director of the International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO) Community Land Titling Initiative, working to document and protect the customary land rights of indigenous groups in Uganda, Liberia and Mozambique. Rachael also worked as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 2004 until 2009. From 2002 until 2007, she founded and ran medical-legal partnership programs in Northern California that located legal services in primary care medical clinics to increase access to justice for low-income urban communities. Rachael has written extensively on how best to protect community land rights, including: a book for the FAO entitled Statutory Recognition of Customary Land Rights in Africa, as well as Protecting Community Lands and Resources: An investigation into best practices for community land documentation.