The part I like most is 'The truth is that infrequent household surveys and changing methodologies are so common that we actually know relatively little about real changes in inequality in Africa – despite the impression you may get from various sources…' now we are talking.
There is so much about Africa that is simply not understood or captured using existing conventional methodologies. It is time we adopted approaches more suitable for Africa's unique (not necessarily commercialized) rural economies. We may be in for some factual surprises.
The third part of the strategy; promoting growth in places and sectors where the poor live and work, is critical in bridging the economic inequality gap.
On the fourth part of the strategy, I am not particularly keen on African governments investing on anything that the private sector can do better. For example, government investment is schools and health units have led to widespread inefficiency, compared to similar private sector investment (albeit with far less capital input). For example, it is not surprising that many private schools and health units (both in rural and urban settings) consistently perform better, have less reported corruption incidences, require less capital input and have minimal recurrent budget requirements on government. An approach where government works with existing private sector players in these key sectors, as well as encouraging investment therein, may play well to mitigate identified risks and encumbrances. Only in extreme cases, would government direct investment be economically sound.