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Rachael Knight

United States  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined November 2011
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
Rachael Knight is an attorney with expertise in land tenure security, access to justice, legal empowerment and sacred sites. She is currently a "Senior Associate" at the International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED). She helped to found Namati, a global legal empowerment organization that helps disenfranchised communities to understand, use, and shape the law. She created Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, then served as its Director from 2012-17 and as its Senior Advisor from 2018-2019. In this capacity, together with land rights advocates throughout Africa, she co-created an integrated model of community land protection that is now practiced around the world. Previously, she was Director of the International Development Law Organization’s Community Land Titling Initiative, and has worked as a consultant for FAO since 2004; in this capacity she wrote “Statutory Recognition of Customary Land Rights in Africa: An Investigation into Best Practices for Law-Making and Implementation.” She has also written various books and guides for community land protection advocates and activists, available at:

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