"YHOO",14.8188,"6/22/2009","1:20pm",-0.9812,15.61,14.80,13944065,14.81,14.82,"-6.21%" "GOOG",402.25,"6/22/2009","1:20pm",-17.84,417.49,402.11,2399141,402.14,402.27,"-4.25%" "MSFT",23.359,"6/22/2009","1:20pm",-0.711,23.95,23.32,36595084,23.35,23.36,"-2.95%"
Add stock prices to your site.
top of page

Welcome to the 

Development Manifesto

Web page

(read excerpts below)



This book is the result of ten years of academic inquiry, over five years of analysis, and my many years working at much-admired financial institutions and banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Raymond James and The Bank of New York Mellon.  I also draw from my experiences living in Africa and enduring war, hardship and destitution; and, migrating to the US and despite tremendous opportunities and after working at many prestigious global banks and living in many different urban communities, desponded.   With not much to look forward to and much time on my hands I took a radicle step: I began to intensely study why blacks on every continent and in every nation are overwhelmingly more poorer and more disconnected to mainstream economic wealth than any other race and people.  This book is my attempt to not only empirically answer that question but also to present some real solutions to urban and global inequality and the lack of wealth amongst blacks.   


Many of my readers, and I myself, have failed at achieving a desired goal; for example, trying to advance at your careers or starting a small business, learning a new languish or writing a book or novel.  While many times failure is the result of the lack of preparation and determination, often failure as in the case of mine and many others can be due to  ignorance. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ignorance as follows: the state or fact of being ignorant: lack of knowledge, education, or awareness.


Millions of black people in America and across the world are inflicted by poverty, diseases, social and economic violence and scarcity (the lack of opportunities) that leads to suffering.  The purpose of this book and the entire series of the Little Black Books is to educate you as well as me on why many suffer in a world of abundance and why many more are relegated to an economic underclass status.


In 2011 I became an international consultant for The Water and Sanitation Agency for Africa (WSA) and was invited to Burkina Faso, West Africa, to present a proposal for a $10 million funding.  WSA is an African Intergovernmental Agency on Water and Sanitation.  The organization works closely with the UN, World Bank and other international aid organizations to build wells and provide clean drinking water and sanitation to tens of thousands of people across Africa.  Prior to my visit to Africa and while writing my proposal, along with the organization’s staff, who had come to New York to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly Meeting under the theme “Ending Global Poverty”, I discovered something strange. 


Despite the world’s advances in technology, health sciences, engineering, economics and a host of other disciplines, there were little progress made in eradicating extreme poverty or books on the subject of Inequity and the economic and social development of poor communities and nations. The topic  is almost null and void in today’s hi-tech world.   In fact, it is as if the world had retrogressed in this area.  I spent days pouring through online libraries and journal articles in search for solutions.  I believed at the time that someone must have seen fate to write an academic research or conduct empirical study in this area.  I naively believed that there were even whole university departments in this field.  Unfortunately there is not, and since no other issue today impact the lives and welfare of more blacks then all  other fields of study combined.  There are more extreme poor people in the US, and indeed the world today then there are innovation.  Precisely, of the world 7 billion people, four plus billons are either poor or extremely poor. 


According to one UN report, a child dies of hunger every 6 seconds.  Most of which are black living in sub-Saharan Africa.  I was categorially wrong and uselessly hopeful.   I also thought there would be countless published findings, remedies and diagnosis on this grappling age-old problem that has and is terrorizing much of humanity; not to mention the hundreds of millions of black destitute people living all around the world.  Poor black communities and nations all around the world are stalked by hunger, disease, premature deaths, violence and other forms of demise.  To my bewilderment, there were little solutions or even any serious discussion giving to this situation- especially when it concerns communities or nations exclusively of the black race.  Dejectedly, charity seems to be the overarching antidote. Of the millions of novels and books written, the tens of thousands of Oxford studies published and the hundreds of academic reviews available covering every topic imaginable, very few if any interest had been directed toward finding any real solutions toward ending or reducing  inequality and black poverty, which can only come by thorough understanding and a sincere investigation.


It is important to add that there were a few great books on development the caught my eyes: The End of Poverty by Jeff Sachs; Globalization and its Discontent by Joseph Stiglitz; The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier and Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo.  All New York Time Bestsellers several times over.  While many of these books formed the foundation for sustainable development and are some of the best human development resource today, they all fall short of providing real solution that ordinary people, without an advanced economic degree, can understand and implement.  And while those books objectively chronicle the problems, and even points out many of the sources: greed, overbearing corporations, globalization, political indifferencies, dependency, corruption, etc. they do not give any clear path as to how to overcome these powerful agents and minimize inequality and poverty in our despondent world.  As it stands, there are no solutions on the books; only hope and hope along doesn’t feed a family, create good jobs or improve one’s living standards. Only a solid plan can achieve this, and this is precisely why I wrote these books.  It is to serve as a roadmap to escape poverty and dismantle inequality in our world today.  It is perhaps a new social, political and economic dispensation for the poor and dispossessed.   


In 1994 a very controversial book, The Bell Curve, written by a very permanent American scholar, Charles Murray, surfaced.  It was an enfeebled attempt by an acclaimed Harvard and MIT Educated scientist versed in the field of political science, sociology, race and intelligence to explained why poverty and inequities existed in America amongst blacks.  Murray drew a parallel between lower socioeconomic status of people of color to genetically lower IQ.  He concluded that intelligence is a better predictor than parental socio-economic status or education level of many individual outcomes including income, job performance, pregnancy out of wedlock, and crime.  He also claimed that many government social welfare programs and educational efforts to improve social outcomes for the disadvantaged in America were largely a waste.  Although Murray's theory was eventually dismissed by many of his academic peers and the public at-large, many such outlandish views are still held today by permanent political, social and business leaders.  In fact, there are much more dangerous schism permutating America and the world: immigration, income inequality, race and development, or the lack thereof. 

​The media is saturated with new forms of stereotypes, mischaracterization, depiction and misguided understanding of blacks and minority communities, cities and nations.  We often read about a host of social challenges facing blacks around the world including high youth unemployment, incarceration and police violence against black man and women in America; and, hunger, war and diseases in Africa.  Academics like Murray are quick to ascribe these social and economic malaise to ethnicity.  For example, black communities in America and blacks in underdeveloped nations like Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, to name a few, problem may be inherently ethnic and seamlessly hopeless, but the means of development is within reach.   This book will show how corruption, nepotism, poverty and underdevelopment in black America, Africa and many parts of the world can be eradicated by raising their Human Development Index (HDI).  To achieve this, I studied and created a formula that captures the five elements and institutions of development.  I also created a whole new development index called The Inequality and Sustainable Development Index (ISD) to resolve this problem. This Index not only capture adverse inequalities in various societies and amongst different races and people within a state or city, it also tries to mitigate and correct these disparities.  


The Development Manifesto (The Little Black Books) is a set of five development books that empirically explains this theory, and creates some solution to many social, racial and economic inequalities faced by Blacks and other disproportionate groups.  What we often think are the lack of development in most black and poor communities in America and black nations in Africa and around the world (misfunctioning governments, corruption, crime, etc.), or black intellectual ineptitude as described by Murry and others are without empirical foundation.  Instead, it is simply the case of under-organization which resulted from the missing elements of development. And, this book is intended to explain and show how to create them.  Moreover, today's technological revolution and the many social justice platforms available not only provide the tools necessary for any race or group to develop and thrive, it also provides the necessary resources and expertise.  The Little Black Books will not only show those possibility but also how it can be done by any nation, race or community (small, medium and large) anywhere.


Both small and large communities and nations from around the world were used to test this theory and illustrate these points, including the tiny nation of Liberia (a country created to relocate freed American slaves back to Africa in 1822) to give a step-by-step narrative by which any group of people or race can grow, develop and economically and socially compete with any other people or race.  India, Brazil, South Africa, and many other uniquely challenged nations were included in my research; and Croatia, a country despite being a part of a geopolitical European hotbed have remarkedly developed and thrived compare to the rest of its neighbors in the Balkan.  The micro nation of Liechtenstein, slightly smaller than Washington DC and is one of  only two doubled landlock countries in the world, with the other being Uzbekistan, and despite its small size and lack of natural resources has developed into a prosperous, highly industrialized, free-enterprise economy with a vital financial services sector and one of the highest per capita income levels in the world. The twenty-nine-hundred-member Christian community of Bruderhof, which has several mini-communities in twenty-two locations on four continents including upstate New York, England, Paraguay, New South Wales, Australia and Germany is another glittering example of how development is possible anywhere, regardless of race, population and geography.  However, sustained development can only occur and be maintained if one or more of these five elements (listed in these five volumes) are present.


The goal of this manifesto is to create a simple and practical development roadmap for individuals, governments, grassroot organizations, religious institutions, civic leaders and human rights advocates.  It can also be used by small and large communities, cities and nations to create a more just, equitable and developed society. It lays out the archetype by which high paying jobs, prosperous cities and improve rural, urban and global development can take shape.  Desperate communities in the Americas, Africa and other black nations around the world will find the information and insights in this book very useful.  It lays out a strategy of how black nations in Africa and poor communities in America and elsewhere can be developed much quicker by addressing the root causes of the problem of abysmal living standard, insufficient jobs and inadequate housing condition faced by most black communities and black, including those in South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and elsewhere.   For example, in many parts of the world, and especially in small uncompetitive country like Liberia, Haiti, Jamaica and New Papa Guinea over half of the population survives on less than $2 a day.   Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and other black nations fare much higher but still do substantially lower than most Asian, western and Latin American countries.  Even in advanced countries like the US, UK, Canada and France and other developed nations where black have greater access to education and other human development resources, they still significantly fall behind in many social and economic indicators such as earnings and household income, employment, savings and property ownership.  Although there are a handful of black individuals who have remarkably risen above the socioeconomic threshold experienced by most blacks, the broader picture and condition of their compatriot is dismal at best.  The question is why? These books present answers to those questions.  For example, it shows how to lower Detroit’s current unemployment rate (a city of 82% black population) from 37%, and one of the nation’s highest to a more acceptable rate.   Or, raise its median income from the negligible $27 thousand per year to at least the US national average of $55 thousand within a few years.  This book also explains how to eradicate extreme poverty in Africa by increasing the average income from $2 to over $10 per day in just a couple years.  The answer to these questions forms the basis for The Equity Sustainable Development Theory (ESD), which I created and can be used to boost HDI score anywhere in the world, which is tantamount to achieving higher incomes, better education and a longer more productive life.    


The Little Black Books are written in a novelistic form, using real-world people and nations in order to tell a nonfictional story.  It breaks down the mystery of why many poor black communities and nations, with abundance of natural resources and human capital are still poor.  How can these places become better and even richer is the subject of these books, which can be done by creating and restructuring existing institutions, incorporating modern technology and applying 21th century banking practices long used by rich nations like Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgian, to list a few?   These five volumes form the basis by which any poor community or nation can grow and develop quickly.  Each volume cover at least one of the five essential elements for development and represent a numerical value in the CAJ Sustainable Development formula.



  • Volume 1 – Legal Entity- (the formula for incorporating local businesses and creating sovereign minority, cities, counties, and entities can set the stage for impactful long-term development)

  • Volume 2 - Banking and Financial Markets (how outside banks and financial institution suppress local development and how to create a local and domestic economy)

  • ​Volume 3 - Local Universities (How higher education improves Human, Community and Economic Development)

  • Volume 4 – Local Corporations (How to create wealth and build competitive industries in black nations and communities)

  • Volume 5 - Media (Propaganda machine: how the media is used in rich nations to miseducate and exploit black communities and nations)

Together these five books make up The Black Development Manifesto and the foundation for a new and exciting approach to urban and global development.   It does not only answer one of the most pressing question on the minds and in the heart of both blacks and whites, rich and poor and big and small nations, but also create hope, social and economic possibilities and equity for all people.  Still, it addresses the most important question of the day: is it possible to create social and economic opportunity for all people?    





                                         About Black Diaspora

I'm guessing that what you want to know is the size of the Black population living outside Africa. Here are some rough estimates:

  • 22.7 million black or black-mixed people living in the Caribbean

  • ~67 million in South America (55 million in Brazil)

  • 42.9 million in North America

  • 1.5 million in Central America

  • ~8 million in Europe

  • 300,000 in Asia [Note: This number is suspected to be higher, as the countries of the Arab Peninsula were not included in the count.]

{Source: African diaspora}


















Forming Entities to Bridge the Gap

Most development books go something like this: a little girl or boy living in extreme poverty in Bangladesh or somewhere in Africa.  The writer than explains how this child must walk for miles to fitch water and even further to attend school in some decrepit building or tent.   At this point, images of your own child reminisce your thoughts and you wanting to help by contributing a few dollars each month to World Vision, UNICEF or to some other reputable charity becomes your goal and only solution.  After all, you are a good person and wouldn’t want that situation for your own kids, much less, for some poor child in a third-world country- and, you will be right.  However, not once will you think about what's really causing this situation and how can it be ended.  More importantly, you must free your guilt by donating a few dollars each month to some far-off charity in order to ease the anguish and move on with your hectic daily routine. 


Pre-order your signed copy for a limited time 

bottom of page