The African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) is an organization which aims to coordinate, involve and strengthen the capacities of African parliamentarians to fight corruption and promote good governance. Since its formation in 1999 in Kampala, Uganda, APNAC has promoted accountability, transparency, and public participation in the processes of government, as the best ways to control corruption.As the elected representatives of the people, MPs play an essential leadership role in combating corruption throughout the legislative process, and in their oversight and representative functions.

APNAC’s mandate is promoted by its presence throughout the Eastern, Southern, and Western regions of Africa, via its National Chapters, and working with other anti-corruption bodies in Africa and around the world.

The main objectives of APNAC are to:

  • Build the capacity of parliamentarians to exercise oversight roles, especially on financial matters
  • Share information on best anti-corruption strategies and practices
  • Promote projects to control corruption based on best practices
  • Cooperate with other organizations and civil society members with shared objectives


In the furtherance of these objectives the APNAC shall endeavour to :

  1. ensure that African governments implement strategic policies and procedures that are designed to promote good governance;
  2. ensure that public servants diligently implement policies and laws that prohibit or limit activities and relationships that diminish the quality of governance;
  3. encourage members of a local community to freely communicate their concerns about corrupt, unethical or questionable practices by public servants, public officers and public institutions or private sector actors, without fear of reprisal;
  4. comply with all relevant laws and codes of conduct, and communicate with its members and other relevant stakeholders openly and promptly;
  5. have agreed procedures and access to budget ed resources, to enable the APNAC, where necessary, to obtain independent professional advice at its expense;
  6. identify and monitor issues that may affect the standing and status of the APNAC, including reputational risk;
  7. foster a constructive governance culture and apply appropriate governance principles among members, management and Board of the APNAC.
  8. have clear policies to constructively engage governments in Africa and National Chapters using strategies aimed at clearly communicating the goals, objectives and achievements of the Network to enhance good governance;
  9. ensure that only competent and committed persons who can enrich and add value to the Network become members of the Organization at the national chapter level;
  10. ensure that the Board is constantly held accountable and responsible for the efficient and effective governance of the business and affairs of the Network;
  11. ensure that an appropriate balance of power and authority exists within the Board, so that no one individual, group of individuals or regional grouping dominate the Board’s decision-making process; and
  12. perform such other functions that are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objectives.


The aim of APNAC shall be to develop, maintain and promote a network to build the capacity of Parliaments and Parliamentarians in Africa to fight against, and effectively address, corruption in their respective countries in order to ensure higher standards of integrity.


The objectives for which APNAC is established are to –

  1. Build the commitment and capacity of African Parliaments and Parliamentarians to ensure transparency and accountability with particular emphasis on financial matters;
  2. Share information on lessons learned and best practices developed to control and fight corruption;
  3. Undertake projects to control corruption;
  4. Cooperate with organizations in civil society with shared objectives relating to the fight against corruption;
  5. Sensitize and educate the population, at all levels of society, on the existence, threat and danger of corruption;
  6. Campaign for inclusion of programmes on the control and fight against corruption in government priority programmes;
  7. Advocate for and encourage the improvement of the States’ capacity to timely address and handle matters related to corruption;
  8. Liaise with national and international organizations and institutions on matters relating to the control of, and fight against, corruption;
  9. Mobilize internal and external resources to promote anti-corruption programs;
  10. Develop links with oversight committees of Parliament and Parliamentarians across Africa; and
  11. Perform all other functions as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objectives or any of them.