Oxford Business Group and African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association to team up for new Covid-19 Response Report

10 Nov 2020

A landmark Covid-19 Response Report (CRR), produced by Oxford Business Group (OBG) in partnership with the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), will provide insights into the investment opportunities emerging in essential infrastructure and services as the continent works to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.

Titled “Private Equity and Venture Capital in Africa”, the CRR will be available from 26 November and represents OBG’s first pan-African CRR report and comes in the year AVCA marks its 20th anniversary.

The CRR will provide in-depth analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) activity in an easy-to-navigate and accessible format, focusing on key data and infographics relating to the region’s socio-economic landscape.

It will chart the industry’s growth story in recent years, featuring details of the industry’s performance since 2014, and provide a regional breakdown of activity. It will also examine the latest developments and trends following the outbreak of the virus, including both investments and exits.

In addition, readers will benefit from case studies and contributions from players within the PE and VC capital industry with interests across a variety of economic sectors, including agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, ICT and logistics.

Commenting on the partnership signing, Dara Owoyemi, AVCA's Interim Chief Executive Officer, said “we are delighted to partner with OBG to provide critical data on African private equity and venture capital activity, as well as showcase how the industry has risen to the challenge of supporting African economies and businesses operating in critical sectors across the continent.”

Karine Loehman, OBG’s Managing Director for Africa, added that while the Covid-19 pandemic had inevitably led to a downward revision in growth forecasts for the region, the private equity industry had displayed considerable resilience, given the scale of the shock, in the form of high-profile exits and new, home-grown financing solutions.

“The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association plays a key role in promoting and facilitating private investment across the continent,” she said.

AVCA’s research provides independent, credible and valuable data and statistics, contextualised with nuanced insights into sector trends and performance; and intelligence highlighting the industry’s pioneering work in areas such as sustainable development, gender-lens investing, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and corporate governance.

The CRR will form part of a series of themed reports which the global research and advisory company is producing with its partners, alongside other highly relevant, high-quality research tools, including a range of country-specific Covid-19 Economic Impact Assessment articles and interviews.

To access AVCA’s research reports covering fundraising, investments, exits and more click here.

To access Oxford Business Group’s latest country reports click here.



Notes to Editors:

About AVCA: Enabling private investment in Africa

The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is the pan-African industry body, which promotes and enables private investment in Africa.

AVCA plays an important role as a champion and effective change agent for the industry, educating, equipping and connecting members and stakeholders with independent industry research, best practice training programmes and exceptional networking opportunities.

With a global and growing member base, AVCA members span private equity and venture capital firms, institutional investors, foundations and endowments, pension funds, international development finance institutions, professional service firms, academia, and other associations.

This diverse membership is united by a common purpose: to be part of the Africa growth story.



For further information, please visit the AVCA website or contact AVCA at:

avca@avca-africa.org or +44 (0) 20 3874 7008


About Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global research and advisory company with a presence in over 30 countries, spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. It is recognised internationally as a distinctive and respected provider of on-the-ground intelligence on world’s fastest-growing markets, termed The Yellow Slice, in reference to OBG’s corporate colour. 

Through its range of products - Economic News and Views; OBG CEO Surveys; OBG Events and Conferences; Global Platform, which hosts exclusive video interviews; and The Report publications – as well as its Advisory division, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sector-level developments for sound investment opportunities and business decisions. 

OBG provides business intelligence to its subscribers through multiple platforms, including its direct 6 million verified subscribers, Dow Jones Factiva subscribers, the Bloomberg Professional Services subscribers, Refinitiv’s (previously Thomson Reuters) Eikon subscribers, and more.

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