Meet Jean-Guy, a middle-aged man of African descent, who has lived in France for the past six years. He relocated from his hometown in Senegal in search of a well-paying job that would allow him to save the equivalent of 6,000 Euros. Once obtained, Jean-Guy intends to use his savings to start a water distribution service that will allow him to support his large extended family and secure himself a sustainable retirement in his beloved village.
Jean-Guy's story is not uncommon to many immigrants from the bottom billion, indeed it points to persisting failures in contemporary approaches to poverty alleviation in the developing world. International aid discussions give little thought to the likes of Jean-Guy, who are fundamental drivers of African economies, and how they can be engaged in sustainable wealth creation opportunities. It is no wonder, then, that the latter vote with their feet and simply relocate to most of the G8 countries for better economic opportunities.