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.
The operationalization of the network was consecrated by the adoption of its Constitution and other texts (membership policies, travel policy, etc.) by the first Annual General Assembly held from 23 to 24 July 2015, At the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
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.
APNODE is led by an Executive Committee composed of eleven (11) members of the network and three development partners. The members of the Executive Committee are elected at the Annual General Meeting for a two-year term, renewable once.
APNODE's vision is to promote development effectiveness and inclusive growth in the African continent through effective use of development evaluation by policy-makers and decision-makers.
Its objectives are organized around three main axes: (i) advocacy and networking, (ii) Capacity development, outreach and resource Mobilization in order to expand the Network and generate awareness on the importance of evaluation for development effectiveness.
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) agreed to host the temporary APNODE Secretariat until the establishment of its first Secretariat.
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, UN Women and Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results.
The network membership is gradually growing with current membership including parliamentarians from Benin, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagescar, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.