Founded in March 2014, the objective of APNODE is to enhance the capacity of African Parliamentarians to improve their oversight, policy making, and national decision making by ensuring it is evidence-based. The network also works to bridge the gap between evaluators (who provide impartial evidence) and parliamentarians; encourage parliamentarians to institutionalize evaluations; and support them in ensuring that evaluations conducted at country level are responsive to the needs of women and vulnerable groups.
Membership of the Network is open to current and former Parliamentarians from Africa and other regions, civil society organizations, private sector organizations, research institutions, national and regional evaluation associations, African national Parliaments, development partners and other individuals and organizations demonstrating a keen interest in the network.
In line with its mandate to promote an evaluation culture within the AfDB’s Regional Member Countries and as part of its evaluation capacity development initiatives, the AfDB’s Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) hosts the temporary APNODE Secretariat until the establishment of its first Secretariat in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
In addition to the AfDB and national parliaments of respective APNODE members, APNODE benefits from the support of a number of other partner organizations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and UN Women.
Fifty parliamentarians from 14 African countries met July 23 and 24, 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the inaugural Annual General Meeting.
The Meeting adopted APNODE’s constitution as a network of individual parliamentarians (rather than parliaments) and other interested parties who support the use of development evaluation in public decision-making.
An Executive Committee composed of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, treasurer, and eight other members was elected for a two-year term (2015-2017). The composition of the Executive Committee strives to ensure linguistic, regional and gender distribution.
Participants approved a budget and program of activities for 2015-2016 that focuses on advocacy and networking, capacity development, outreach and resource mobilization in order to expand the Network and generate awareness on the importance of evaluation for development effectiveness.