COPAC's Final Narrative Report to Parliament - Feb 2013.doc

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2.6. General logistical arrangements Accommodation and meals were provided at the various Lodges and Hotels throughout the country, with payment coming from both the donor community and the Government of Zimbabwe. Delegates endured a lot of hardships during the outreach process as a number of them went without food, particularly breakfast on a daily basis as payments to hotels were usually delayed due to logistical problems in the payment system. Late provision of fuel was another huddle the members had to go through as the starting of meetings was almost always delayed, much to the embarrassment of the team members. Allowances were also at times processed late. For these and other anomalies, the Select Committee wishes to apologise unreservedly to the outreach team members. As part of ensuring that the work was done properly, each Rapporteur was provided with a Laptop, each Team Leader a Loud Hailer and each Technician a video and audio camera, all equipment purchased for the programme by the donor community whose basket fund was managed by UNDP. At the end of outreach, 4,943 meetings had been held throughout the country with over 1,100,000 (One million one hundred thousand) people attending the meetings. 2.7. Outreach and the Media To ensure the success of its mandate in spearheading the constitution –making process, the Constitution Select Committee rolled out a robust publicity exercise for the process. The exercise, which took the form of a campaign, was spear-headed by COPAC’s Information and Publicity Sub-committee and was supported by both the Government and Development partners who were funding the constitution-making process. The campaign was a well-orchestrated activity that set in motion the important national exercise. A communications strategy for the constitution-making process was developed and 31 The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) Report to Parliament, February 2013
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adopted soon after COPAC began work in early 2009. The overarching strategy took cognizance of the fact that the process would be people-driven and owned, that it would be done in phases, and was therefore customized to effectively support this right from the beginning. It also provided for important considerations such as producing materials in vernacular. It was envisaged that since this was an important national exercise, it would have the support of existing Government structures to ensure the success of the process through the participation of all. It was also expected that the activity of constitution-making would generate a keen interest from the media and would be covered extensively on all media platforms. COPAC held meetings with key personnel in public and private media and appealed to them to help publicize the constitution-making process.
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  • Fall '17
  • Jane Moore
  • ........., Parliament of the United Kingdom, The Honourable, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, The Right Honourable, Constitution Select Committee

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