Equity Development

meeting the needs of underserved communities

Equitable Development: Applying our approach in cities in the United States with focus on cities internationally, particularly in Africa

Equitable Development is an approach for meeting the needs of underserved communities through policies and programs that reduce disparities while fostering places that are healthy and vibrant. It is increasingly considered an effective placed-based action for creating strong and livable communities.

 I-STARRT currently operates in resource-poor areas in the city of New Orleans in the United States. We are assisting the Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) with equity planning, implementation and evaluation for the City of New Orleans’ Equitable Governance Initiative. This plan will be grounded in advanced equity evidence-based research from cities around the world.

I-STARRT will apply its approach to grow its expertise and demand in other cities in the United States with focus on cities internationally, particularly in Africa to deliver Evidence-based Equity Plan for City Departments, and accurate Monitoring and Evaluation mechanism to measure the city’s growth toward a more equitable City government.

We improve development outcomes as part of the public policy-making process.

How do we do it?

We research and analyze one of the greatest untapped resources, the endogenous intelligence of resilient communities who perform untold contortions to survive poverty, hunger, disease and marginalization. Our belief is that if people are given access to the extraordinary innovations generated by their communities innovating out of challenging circumstances, they will not only adopt, but prototype, iterate and innovate beyond what was given to create improved circumstances and entrepreneurial opportunities.

We are multicultural drivers and enablers of knowledge transfer for sustainable development. Programming entity of choice for data science project. We leverage existing technology and data to adapt to the next developmental phase.

Dr. Singh’s current research focuses on New Orleans. She uses advanced research methods to map out the main drivers of inequity and violence over time, with the goal of identifying the structural tenets of poverty and deconstructing them to create pathways to equity and security.  

Dr. Sonita Singh, PhD, MPH

President and CEO, I-STARRT