Peter Osunde

Development Specialist
posunde@ncrc.org 202-464-2720

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Peter Osunde is a passionate international citizen specializing in peace, conflict resolution and development. His most recent role was contributing to research efforts in drafting policy papers for women, peace and security at UN Women in New York. He has also spent time in Liberia working for the UN Women country office. His time in Liberia saw him evaluate and report on gender recruitment strategies of Liberian security agencies. It also improved his understanding of the importance of developing sustainable community development programs. He has a strong academic grounding in international affairs, international development, human rights and community activism, having completed a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the United States International University in Nairobi, a master’s degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford and a graduate degree in Politics from The New School for Social Research in New York City.

Peter’s school, work and travel experiences have provided good exposure that has ignited a deep and keen interest to understand better the factors that affect lives of people, and the relationships they have with the environment around them. His life and career have been driven by a strong passion to alleviate the suffering of disadvantaged people around the world by seeking to influence development policy discourse as well as programs to improve the lives of people and their communities.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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