Namati

Rachael Knight

Senior Advisor for Land, Berkeley, CA

Rachael is the Senior Advisor of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program. She has been working to document and protect community land rights since 1998 when, researching the Zimbabwean land invasions, she understood that strong land rights are the basis of thriving, prosperous, ecologically flourishing communities. In 2001, she used a Fulbright fellowship to research the community empowerment effects of Mozambique’s1997 Land Law, then worked as a consultant for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations from 2004 until 2010. From 2009 until 2011, she designed and directed the International Development Law Organization’s “Community Land Titling Initiative,” a randomized controlled trial in 60 communities across Liberia, Uganda and Mozambique to determine how to best support communities to follow national laws to protect their land rights. Out of this project, Rachael founded Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, which she directed from 2012 until 2016. An attorney, Rachael also has extensive experience supporting governments to draft land policies, laws and regulations. Rachael received a BA from Brown University in 1999 and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law in 2005.

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PRACTITIONER GUIDES/REPORTS/POLICY Documents

OP-EDs and Public WRITING

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