Margaret A. Rugadya works in the foundation's Nairobi office where she focuses on resource governance, land tenure, and the distribution of public resources for communities dependent on natural resources. The goal of her grant making is to promote benefit-sharing regimes that have the greatest impact on reducing inequality and improving social justice for communities affected by extractive activities—especially, the loss of services provided by critical ecosystems, restitution in cases of resource development, and revenues in cases of resource commercialization.
Margaret joined Ford in 2010 and brought to the foundation a wealth of experience and expertise from more than a dozen years working with communities, nongovernmental organizations, and government. She has conducted development policy analysis and action-oriented research on land and natural resources, and she has consulted for a range of institutions, including the government of Uganda, Norwegian Embassy, United States Agency for International Development, World Bank Uganda Country Office, World Conservation Society, and Rural Development Institute.
Previously, Margaret was executive director at Associates Research Uganda and a program officer with the Uganda Land Alliance.
She holds a PhD in economics and governance (public policy analysis) from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and has a master's degree in sociology and a bachelor's degree in information science, both from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She has also earned postgraduate diplomas in management, legislative drafting, and urban land management and settlement regularization.